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A Comment on Our Materia 

Medica, 194. 
A Long Felt Wain, 103. 
A Medical Cyclone, 58. 
Abbott, Dr., Once More, 365. 
Abdominal Pains ; Chionanthus, 

. ill- 
Abortion Threatened Repeatedly, 

Aconite Poisoning, Case, 454. 
"Active Principles,". 381. 
Adenoid Growths, 556. 
Advertising, The Difference, 42. 
Alcoholism, 183. 

Alcoholism, a Germ Disease, 571. 
An Anti-fat Fallen From Grace, 

"Antiquated and Unreasonable, ' 

Antitoxin, 475, 568. 
Antitoxin, Effects, 427. 520. 
Apis ; Limping, 108. 
Appendicitis, 262. 
Appendix Vermiform, Function 

of, 403. 
Are They Advances? 401. 
Arnica, 16, 573. 
Asclepias Tuberosa, 215. 
Asthma, 264. 
Aurum Case, 197. 

Bacteriologists, Hero, 35. 

Baptisia, 52. 

Barium. 134. 

Bars Still L T p, 193. 

Bee Sting Cases, 147. 

Beef, Wine and Iron, 474. 

Belladonna, 4. 

Belladonna Externally, The Use of. 

Beriberi Treatment, 162. 
Biers's Hypersemic Treatment, 231. 
Biochemistry and Sepsis, 22. 
Blood Purifier, The Great, 573. 
Bok, After the Doctors, 190. 
Boldo, Boldine, 204. 
Bothrops Lanceolatus, 436. 
"Breaking Down the Barriers," 91. 
Bromide Eruptions. 473. 
Bronchitis, 78. 

Bryonia; Puereral Fever, 233. 
Bubo, A Case, 27. 

Cactus Grandiflorus, Ic6. 
! Cactus vs. Cactus Grandiflorus, 28. 
I Calendula Antidotes Apis, 147. 
i Camphor, 56. 
j Cancer, 213, 552. 

I Cancer, Danger Following Opera- 
tion, 79. 

Cancer, Therapeutics of, 460. 
1 Carbuncles, 474. 
: Child, A "Potentized." 90. 
\ Chionanthus, 277. 

lolera, Asiatic, 88, 447. 
i Circumcision, Better Than, 416. 

Colic, Camphor, 50. 
! Crataegus Oxyacantha, 220, 513. 

Crazy Ones, 424. 

Cyclone, A Medical, 58. 

Darwin and Diabetes, 420. 

Dermatitis Medicamentosa, 151. 

Diagnosis, 44. 

Diagnosis Through the Selection o£ 
the Remedy, 545. 

Diarrhoea, Medorrhinum, 30. 

Digestive Ferments, 378. 

Diphtheria, 27. 

Dollar and the Doctor, The. 

Dose, Repetition of, 529. 

Drug Action, Primary and Second- 
ary. 370. 
: Dysentery ; Case, 55. 

Dysmenorrhcea, 424. 

Echinacea, 87, 171 185, 266, 509 . 


"Elements," A Criticism of, 66. 
' "Emanual Movement," The, 234. 
. Epidemics Follow Influenza, 67. 
I Epilepsy, Treatment of, 550. 
; Epilepsy, Verbena Ilastata, 40. 

Examining Boards, 41. 136. 181, 189, 

1 Ficus Religiosa, 516. 

Finding the Similimum, 218. 
I Frankenstein, The Modern, 93. 

Furuncles, 271. 

JUN 1- , 



'Gelsemium, 477. 

'General Medical Council, 261. 

'Germs, The Dangerous, 20. 

Germ Killer, The Great, 571. 

Germs, The Mission of, 291, 348. 

Glandular Swelling, 274. 

Gonococci, 71. 

Gonococci as Remedies, 510. 

Gonorrhoea, 76, 77, 269, 272. 

"H. M. C." 126. 

Hahnemann, Good Enough in His 
Day, 42. 

Hahnemann's Grandson, 408. 

Hair, Falling, 70. 

Hamamelis, 16. 

Helianthus Annus, 162. 

Hereditary and Tuberculosis, 214. 

Hernia, 315. 

Hieracium Pelosella, 361. 

High Potency Cases, 270. 

Homoeopathic Books, 323. 

Homoeopathic Medical College, 
First, 321. 

Homoeopathic Pharmacy, 219. 

Homoeopathic Remedy vs. the Ca- 
theter, 411. 

Homoeopathy and Scientific Medi- 
cine, 49. 

Homoeopathy vs. Homoeopathy, 251. 

Homoeopathy, Why We Believe in, 

Horse Disease, A Fatal, 185. 

Hull's Jahr, 258. 

Hydrophobin, 308. 

Ileo-colitis, 359. 
Infinitesimal Dose, 284. 
Influenza — Pneumonia, 31. 
In-growing Nails, Magnet., A, 139. 
Inoculation, $*• - 
Ischias, 70. 
Itching; Case, 65. 

Kali phosphoricum, 267. 
Keynotes and the Totality, 547. 

Lac Caninum, 216. 

Lachesis, 458. 

Lachesis and Insanity, 549. 

Lachesis in Gangrene. 426. 

Lachesis Mix-Up in Europe, 548. 

Lachesis, The "New," 241, 243, 290. 

Lachesis, The "True," 482. 

Limping; Apis, 108. 

Lithia Water, 475. 

Liver ; Case, 65. 

Liver, Congestion, 274. 275. 

Loco Weed, 510. 

Low Potency Cases, 2*73. 

Luck, 185. 
Lung Case, 444. 

Medical "High Finance," 203. 
Medical Legislation in Germany," 

Medical Society, The, 318. 
Medical Politicians, 425. 
Medical Terms Criticised, 453. 
Medorrhinum, 30. 
Menstrual Troubles, 72. 
Mental Alienation, Zincum, /S- 
Mitchella Repens, Child Bearing, 

Modern Progress, 135. 
Mortality Statistics, 532. 
Morphium Sulph., Proving, 100. 
More Inanity, 187. 
Mullein Oil, 95. 

Natrum Carbonicum, 339. 

Natrum Muriaticum, 340. 

Natrum Phosphoricum, 342. 

Natrum Sulphuricum, 344. 

Nerve, The Sympathetic as it Re- 
lates to the Cause of Disease, 

"New Movements" in Medicine. 149. 

Nosodes, The, 232. 

Nux Moschata, 302, 493. 

Nyctanthes, 57. 

Allen. Chronic Miasm, 468. 
Bartlett. Treatment, 132. 

Benson. Nursery Manual, 228. 

Boericke. Materia Medica, 374. 

Boericke & Anshutz, Elements, 
37, 103- 

Bcenninghausen. Lesser Writ- 
ings, 375. 

Burnett. Enlarged Tonsils, 178. 

Clarke. Thomas Skinner, 36. 

Clarke. Radium, 417. 

Clarke. Whooping Cough, 417. 

Farrtngton. Clinical Materia 
Medica, 327. 

Finley. Gonorrhoea. 563. 

Flaschoen. Le Tromphe de 
l'Hom., 85. 

Gallavardin. Les Secrets de 
l'Hom., 131. 

Gilliam. Gynaecology, 36. 

Heysinger. Light of China, 562. 

Hamlin. Obstetrics, 278. 

Hull's Pahr, 258. 

Jousset. Des vrass Caracteres, 


Kent. Repertory, 560. 

Lust. Lord^ of Ourselves, 561. 

Miller. Featural Imperfections, 

Monro. Suggestive Therapeutics, 


Mundy. Children, 469. 

Nash. Regional Leaders, 327. 

Neef. Anasthesia, 565. 

Proceedings. I. H. A., 563. 

Proceedings. Ohio, 565. 

Shedd. Clinic Repertory, 225. 

Walters. Hematology, 562. 

Warfield. -' Arterio sclerosis, 564. 

Wheeler. Knaves or Fools, 229. 

Winslow. Milk, 179. 

Woodruff. Therapeutics of Vi- 

Objective Symptoms, 110. 

Official Organs, 89. 

Old Age, To Cure, 280. 

Old, Old Story, 39. 

Olive Oil, 43, 223, 233. 

Once More Unto the Breach, Dear 

Friends, 1. 
One-sided, 97. 
Opsonins, 41. 
Osier, 419. 
Oxytropis Lambertii, 511. 

Passiflora, 180. 

Pasteur, Doesn't Believe in, 405. 

Pathology, Necessity of Knowing, 

Pedigree, 421. 

Pharmacist and His Charges, 412. 
Pharmacopoeia, The New, 63, 142, 

239, 284,' 337, 455,.495. 
Phthisis, Incipient, 451. 
Platinum, A Case, 26. 
Plumbum in Dysmenorrhcea, 424. 
Pnuemonia-Infmenza, 31. 
Portugal, Homoeopathy in, 68. 
Potency I Use and Why, 316. 
Potentized Remedy Won Out, 186. 
Psychical Trauma as a Cause of 

Disease, 538. 
Pyrogenium, 52. 

Rachitis, Remedies, 129. 

Rat Poison, "Ratin," 91. 

Regular Therapeutics, 231. 

Refraction, 141. 

Renal Haemorrhages, 176. 

Rheumatism, Syphilitic, 445. 

Rhus Poisoning and Alum, 422. 

Salicylic Acid and Rheumatism^ 

Sanguinaria, Grippe. 560, 
Scarlatina, 74. 
Schuessler Remedies in the Iowa. 

Courts, 189. 
Sedum Repens, 282, 445. 
Sepsis, 22. 
Serums, 136, 247, 280, 421, 422, 470^ 

471, 4/6, 521, 569- 
Serum in India, 477. 
Serum Therapy, 47. 
Short Stops, 324. 
Small-pox, 140. 
Small-Pox, Japan, 181. 
Social Problem, The Old, Old, 83. 
Sodii Iodidi, Proving, 234. 
Some Lines on Materia Medica. 


"Specifics," 88. 

Stomach Troubles. 69. 

Stricture, 324. 

Strychnine Phosphorica, 515. 

Strychnine Pills, 97. 

Study of Materia Medica, The, 389: 

Stye, Case, 270. 

Sulphur Disease Suppressed by- 
Quinine, 543. 

Sympathetic Nerve, 310. 

Testicles. Inflammation, 276. 

Texas Medical Act, 319. 

The Law of Similia in Medical His- 
tory, 433. 

Therapeutic Nihilist, The, 309. 

Therapeutic Pointers, 223, 257, 314,. 
326, 467, 516. 

Topics From the Past, 385. 

Toxins, 109, 423. 

Trituration, Some Thoughts oiv 

Trouble Among the "Regulars," 90, 
"Truth is Mighty and Will Pre~- 

vail," 481. 
Tuberculin, 183, 473. 
Tuberculin Tests, 422. 
Tuberculosis, 214, 515. 
Typhlitis, A Case, 173. 
Typhoid Fever Remedies, 405. 

Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears 

a Crown, 86. 
Uric Acid Cycle, 567. 
Urine, Suppression of, 411. 

Vaccination in Austria, 452. 
Vaccination, Internal, 45, 117, 186. 
Vaccines, 510, 570. 



Variolinum, 117, 380. 

Venesection, 84. 

Verbena hastata, 40. 

Verses on Materia Medica, 497. 

Vivisection, 280. 

Vomiting, Persistent, 444. 


Dr., and Homoeopathy, 

Wantstall, Dr., Reply to, 253. 
Weak Point in Some Text-Books, 

Whooping Cough, 273. 
Wood for Paper, 81. 

X-ray Matters, 282. 

Zincum, Mental, y^. 


Homoeopathic Recorder. 

Vol. XXIII. Lancaster, Pa., January, 1908 No. 1 


Undeterred by the fate of his predecessors, Dr. Henry Beates, 
Jr., President of the Pennsylvania State Board of Medical Ex- 
aminers, rides a tilt against "sectarianism and dogma" in medi- 
cine and against "dying" Homoeopathy in particular, in the No- 
vember number of The Monthly Cyclopedia of Practical Medi- 
cine. Dr. Beates opens his paper with an assertion that every 
homoeopathic physician will accept, namely, "The highest duty of 
the physician is to treat afflicted fellow beings with the best 
known means to effect relief and cure." That is what Samuel 
Hahnemann said in the opening paragraph of The Organon. 
This accepted the question arises : What are the best means ? Dr. 
Beates might select certain means as the "best" in a given case 
which one of his brothers also untrammeled by "dogma," might 
pronounce very deleterious, or vice versa. The homoeopath ani- 
mated by the same high purpose would select still other means. 
In such a by no means improbable case the only broad guide to 
the right remedy must be previous results, and when it comes to 
these the homoeopath stands on an impregnable rock. Many 
ingenious explanations have been made by those who claim to be 
unfettered by "dogma" to account for the marvelous results fol- 
lowing homoeopathic treatment and a favorite, though two-edged 
one, is that homoeopaths give no medicine, nature doing the work. 
Then why not leave all medical cases to nature? 

The assumption that there is no medicine in homoeopathic pre- 
scriptions is rather amusing to men who have tested the matter, 

2 Once More Unto the Breach. 

tested it scientifically. There certainly are drugs, or drug in- 
fluences, in the homoeopathic 30th potency, and probably none of 
those who disbelieve in these potencies could take doses of one of 
them for thirty days without being emphatically convinced. It 
has been tried. The potentized homoeopathic drug acts power- 
fully, but not with the crude, drastic action of the same drug 
when given in massive doses. If it be the si m Hi muni it goes to 
the seat of the disease, where its curative action is marvelous. 
and with due respect to Dr. Beates, far more scientific than the 
mixed and massive doses of the other schools. 

Dr. Beates grows somewhat indignant over the word "dogma." 
The word is defined ( Century Dictionary) as: "A settled opinion : 
a principle, maxim, or tenet held as being firmly established," etc. 
Is it a matter of reproach that one should have settled opinions? 
Has not Dr. Beates settled opinions ? Indeed he has, as is demon- 
strated by his paper, under consideration. He is suffering from 
the dogma that Homoeopathy is no good. Dogmas may be true 
or false. 

Here is another point: " of 1.200 practitioners in the Com- 
monwealth fPenna.) who have received their degree from ho- 
moeopathic colleges, it has been possible to discover but six who 
are practicing strictly in accordance with the tenets of Samuel 
Hahnemann." The question arises as to whether Dr. Beates is 
competent to pass on what is homoeopathic practice? He adds. 
"There may be others, but inquiry from nurses and physicians on 
all sides fail to discover them." Again the question: Are nurses 
and physicians on all sides competent to judge of that which they 
confessedly do not and will not understand ? Is this scientific 
reasoning? It is undoubtedly true that man}- graduates of ho- 
moeopathic colleges are resorting, more or less, to old school 
measures, but pin them down and they will acknowlege that if 
compelled to stick to one form of therapeutics it would be the ho- 
moeopathic. For Doctor Beates' benefit it might be mentioned 
that Homoeopathy confines itself solely to therapeutics, it is the 
science of therapeutics and nothing more, but this does not mean 
that the men who practice it ignore anatomy, physiology, sur- 
gery, bacteriology or any other necessary department of medicine. 
That all this is not known to many seems evident when Dr. 
Beates pays attention to our colleges, and writes: "Do you know 
that they teach the sciences of anatomy, physiology, bacteriology. 

Once More Unto the Breach. 3 

chemistry and pathology in the same manner as do colleges of 

medicine ?" 

Now we come to what is vulgarly known as the milk in the 
cocoanut. "The law recognizes three so-called schools of medi- 
cine." allopathic, homoeopathic and eclectic, though Dr. Beates 
claims that there never was nor never will be an allopathic 
physician. Oh ! well, the rose by any other name would smell as 
sweet. Let it go, there must be a distinction or an extinction. 
Xow. accordingto Dr. Beates, in this the law is wrong and should 
be amended "for the protection of the public." The mere fact 
that the law advocated by Dr. Beates would put every homoeo- 
pathic and eclectic physician at the mercy of the allopaths, and 
thus necessarily turn all patients over to their care, does not seem 
to enter into Dr. Beates 5 consideration ; he seeks only to protect 
the public — only that and nothing more. Yet it would necessarily 
revive the old Oriental ultimatum. "Renounce your faith" or be 
impaled — this or a back down on some ( ne's part. 

But the homoeopathists {they have a name to be proud of) 
have grown to be a lust\" body with a big following of the m< »st 
inteligent people, who, in all parts, are constantly clamoring for 
more homoeopathic physicians, and so they are not to be swept 
aside by a mere wave of the arm. No, some reason must be 
brought forward for the proposed act. and here it is: 

Dr. Beates contends that if they will still insist on belonging I 
a "path}-" instead of to the larger path}- they should be legall} 
compelled to keep within the limitations of the "nathy." In 
other words, the jail should yawn for any homoeopathic physi- 
cian who should dare do any thing for a patient than prescribe a 
homoeopathic remedy, but as Hahnemann taught otherwise, :'. e. : 
first of all look for a "removable cause' 3 of the disease, Dr. 
Beates" contention goes for nothing. He real 1 .}' ought to read up 
as to what Homoeopathy is. though such a course is dangerous. 
for many a g I man has adopted this mean- of demolishing Ho- 
moeopathy only to become an ardent believer in it. 

"Certainly." writes Dr. Beates, "a scientific physician cannot 
rightly be a part}- to a method of treatment which is based upon 
mere theory and dogma, and exclusive of scientific truth." This 
is a fine, glittering generality and a neat begging of the ques 
If the man from Mars were to visit the earth and find the ho- 
moeopathic physician standing on the unchanging and unchange- 

4 Conferences on Belladonna. 

able rock of the natural law of therapeutics, the greatest of medi- 
cal scientific truths, and then look at the ever shifting: thera- 
peutics of their opponents he would smile a little amusedly at the 

Men, of whom Dr. Beates is a fair type, are constantly assert- 
ing that truth and science cannot and must not be shackled by 
dogma and pathy. That they must be "free " It sounds well, but 
it is, after all, naught but a high sounding error. Take the most 
exact of the sciences, mathematics, by way of illustration. A 
mathematical problem when worked out stands as a thing demon- 
strated and demonstrable — a hard fact, a truth, a dogma. What 
sane man would prate against being "bound" by that fact or 
truth? None. He cannot "expand" it, and he cannot "limit" it. 
A fact — a truth, as you will — is a concrete thing beyond the 
control of man. It may be used in many ways, but science cannot 
change it, for of such things is true science built. 

The truths of therapeutics are not so easily demonstrated 
(especially to prejudiced minds) as are those of mathematics, but 
so long as a handful of snow remains the only cure for a frosted 
ear, so long will the truth of Similia similibus curantur be ap- 
parent to clear minded men. 

In conclusion. The next time any one attacks Homoeopathy 
let it be done in a scientific manner. To this it may be replied, 
"The subject is not worth the study;" if this be so then it is un- 
just to attack it from the point of view of confessed ignorance. 
There were certain gentlemen once who attacked the fact that the 
world is round ; they said it was flat, and flouted the theorists who 
said it was round. They had not studied the subject. "The sub- 
ject is not worth the study," they said. 


By Eduardo Fornias, M. D. 

Belladonna was the drug selected by Dr. Bellows and his co- 
laborers, of Boston, for a reproving ; that is, an experimental 
study of its pathogenetic action upon the healthy human organ- 
ism ; a painstaking task which has certainly come not only to en- 

Conferences on Belladonna. 5 

rich and support Hahnemann's pathogenesis, but to confirm the 
established therapeutic value of this important remedy. Bella- 
donna, like other drugs, has its especial sphere of action, its dis- 
tinctive features, its individual characteristics and its modalities, 
and these all have been well outlined by Dr. Bellows as important 
points for the student to grasp, if he is to understand its modus 
operandi and its suitable indications. 

Belladonna is chiefly a cerebrospinal remedy, with especial 
predilection for the brain, which under its action becomes con- 
gested and inflammed, with flushed face, throbbing headache, 
pulsating carotids, dilated pupils, stupor, insomnia and great in- 
tolerance of light and noise, and if the mind is affected with 
hallucinations, illusions and maniacal impulsions of various kinds 
and degrees. In conjunction with the brain, the spinal cord is 
also deeply affected and the sensitize as well as the motor nerves. 
In fact, we may well assert that its most characteristic symptoms 
are derived from these disturbed areas, and that whenever the 
brain and its membranes become congested and inflamed, and the 
spinal cord participates in the trouble, the nervous phenomena 
following will, in the majority of cases, closely correspond with 
those of this drug, and this correspondence is still greater if the 
sensorial functions are disturbed or perverted. Spinal congestion 
under Belladonna is principally expressed by tetaniform con- 
vulsions and clonic spasms, which are renewed by touch and 
bright light, but the involuntary muscles may become paralyzed. 

Marcy and Hunt consider also the cerebral system the central 
point from which all the symptoms of Belladonna radiate. Even 
the inflamniations induced by this remedy, say these authorities. 
always emanate from within outwardly, by an increased action in 
the central organ." Thus in the exanthemata, as soon as the erup- 
tion appears, the severe cerebral symptoms, the headaches and the 
general febrile phenomena, caused by the nervous system irritat- 
ing the vascular, disappear. When an exanthematous eruption is 
suppressed, the brain is instantly the seat of a violent attack. 
Belladonna cures only those diseases of the splanchnic nervous 
system, or of the abdomen or uterus, in which there are more or 
less brain symptoms. In all visceral inflammations cured by 
Belladonna, we may safely conclude that these diseases were 
expulsions of inimical agents, which originally threatened to at- 
tack the cerebral nervous system. The same remarks apply to all 
fevers, especially typhus, or the febris nervosa versatilis. 

6 Conferences on Belladonna. 

''Belladonna is then the specific remedy for the diseases of 
the nervous system, especially for the fifth pair, and vascular sys- 
tem under the influence of this sphere. An inflammation or fever 
to which it is applicable is accompanied by symptoms peculiar to 
the fifth pair, — more or less reddened conjunctiva, the white of 
the eye is injected, an unsteady or fixed look, distorted features, 
turgescence of the face, confusion of the head, aching pain in the 
forehead and eyes." 

From the study of its pathogenesis any earnest student can also 
anticipate good results from its use in many cases of mental per- 
version, for it is a drug rich in psychical phenomena. They com- 
prise sensorial excitement, violent impulsions, maniacal 
attacks, baseless creations, fixed ideas, or delusions, alternations 
of mood, etc. Belladonna will be found frequently indicated in 
the excitement of certain manias, as mental troubles attending 
epilepsy, as well as in puerperal insanity and mania-u-potu. In 
many cases of maniacal excitement it comparts honors with 
Hyoscyamus and Stramonium, and the three drugs together 
constitute the most important group of remedies of our materia 
medica to combat violent states of mental exaltation. Their 
pathogenesis cover admirably not only many known disorders of 
the general activity of the intellect, and of the emotions, but many 
psycho-motor impulsions to acts of eccentricity or violence, dan- 
gerous, ridiculous, erotical, homicidal and suicidal. 

In Belladonna, however, the irritability of the perceptive 
centre is attended by visual and auditory disturbances, principally 
a persistent photophobia. In Hyoscyamus there is a predomi- 
nant photopsia, with great aversion to light and company; while 
in Stramonium the photomania prevails, hence the patient de- 
sires light and company. 

The delirium of Belladonna is not only vesanic but febrile, 
the result of congestion and principally of infection. The deli- 
rium of its fever may be as noisy and violent as the vesanic , but 
the hallucinations and imputations are temporary, and the eleva- 
tion of the temperature, the flushed face, the injected eyes, the 
beating carotids, the throbbing headache, the dilated pupils and 
the intolerance of light and noise clearly indicate the congestive 
origin of the trouble. 

The vesanic delirium is due to excitatioii and perversion of the 
intellectual faculties, and the hallucinations and their impulsions 

Conferences on Belladonna. j 

may be transitory and short-lived, as in some cases of puerperal 
insanity, but usually they are consecutive and permanent. The 
emotions have also a good share in the mental perversion in- 
dicative of this drug, and so we have that the delirant state that 
claims it, as a remedy, is as much intellectual as emotional. In 
the first variety the patient sees spectres, monsters, demons, in- 
sects, rats, black dogs, conflagrations, etc., or he imagines to b^ 
pursued and assaulted by brigands, hideous faces, lions, vil 
spirit?, or soldiers who come to arrest him, and from whom he 
tries to escape or hide. The most characteristic delusive a uceb- 
tions, however, are to believe himself suddenly rich, to have a 
transparent body with brown spots here and there, to be cured 
and capable of resuming his duties, etc. In the second variety the 
emotional frenzy seems to depend on egotism, malice, hatred, 
revenge, and above all. on fright and fear. The emotional im- 
pulses of Belladonna comprise the inclination to bite, to strike, 
to kick, to pull the hair, to throw stones, to destroy near objects, 
or the frenzied acts may be limited to touch things and bystanders, 
to move the head, to grind the teeth, to make faces, to cry, to 
laugh, to dance, etc. The mistrust or suspicion are expressed by 
a great fear to the approach of strangers, by a desire for solitude, 
and by a constant dread of imaginary things. The discourage- 
ment translates itself by the satiety of life, by the indifference tc 
everything, and by the inclination to suicide. Worthy of notice 
is also the change of mood. We find the patient now loquaci ms, 
soon after silent and reserved: he now cries and then laughs or 
sings ; he is one moment furious, and full of anxiety the next ; he 
complais now and is arrogant right after ; fearful and violent in 
a moment's time ; apathetic in the morning, irascible in the after- 
noon, etc. These are the chief manifestations of the mental dis- 
turbances of Belladonna. 

Some of the important effects of Belladonna on the fieri 
system are found also among the disorders of sensation and mo- 
tion, and for this reason is this drug so efficacious in the treatment 
of pain and convulsions. The pains are of various kinds and loca- 
tion, always acute and usually attended by redness and dryness of 
the parts and more or less constitutional disturbance. Their lead- 
ing characteristic, however, is that they come on suddenly, and 
after a shorter or longer duration, cease suddenly, or change 
their seat. Moreover, pain is aggravated in the evening and at 

8 Conferences on Belladonna. 

night by coli'ee. wine, vinegar, and ameliorated by pressure and 
compression. As to character, the pain may be congestive, as in 
headache, otalgia, rachialgia, ovaritis, etc. ; inflammatory, as in 
abscess, mastitis, tonsillitis, etc. : neuralgic, as in prosopalgia, 
odontalgia, cephalalgia, etc.; spasmodic, as in colic, dysmenor- 
rhea, proctodynia, etc. As to location, it is usually throbbing in 
the head, with red face and burning beat ; pressing in the fore- 
head and frontal prominences ; shooting in the right supra orbital 
region (Spigelia left, without congestion) : pressing or aching in 
the eyes; jerking or tearing in the teeth, with red hot face, espe- 
cially before the menses: shooting, tearing from the side of the 
face up into the temples, ear and down into the nape of neck, 
which becomes rigid; sticking in the throat, with sensation of a 
plug, worse swallowing liquids; pressing in the stomach, cramp- 
like during every meal: griping and cutting in the abdomen, re- 
lieved by pressure; clawing pains with violent straining and 
pressing towards the genitals, as if all would fall out; burning, 
throbbing pulsations in the back, especially after emotions. 

There are other sensations of more or less importance, but the 
above can hardly be mentioned in any connection without calling 
to mind Belladonna as a remedy for encephalitis, neuralgia, 
toothache of women, organic affections < ,; the eye. tonsillitis, in- 
flammatory colic, dysmenorrhea, etc. 

Equally rich is Belladonna in motor symptoms. If we pay 
especial attention to the motor oculi, we find that the common 
disturbances are spasms of the muscles of the eye and lids 
(blepharospasm, strabismus, diplopia and mydriasis). If to the 
area of distribution of the fascial, convulsive movements of the 
muscles of the face and mouth, trismus, gritting of the teeth, 
etc. The motor phenomena of the cord, likewise very character- 
istic, comprise tonic contractions of the erector spina mi sclcs. 
from mere stiffness to complete opisthotonos, and clonic spas is 
from twitching of single muscle groups to general epileptiform 
convulsions; while in the voluntary muscles we may hav° spasms 
leading to retention of urine ( cystospasm) and to rigidity 
os uteri, or paralysis or paresis may give rise to relaxation of toe 
sphincters, dilatation of the iris, etc. As a of its ; 
motor inlluence this drug produces also contraction followed by 
dilatation and congestion, with flushing of the face, throbbing of 
the arteries, smooth ervtliematous rash, etc. 

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The action of Belladonna, then, not only on the individual 
cerebral nerves (area of distribution of the facial, nerves of 
special senses, and those supplying the motores oculi), but in the 
involuntary muscles and principally in the sphincter vesica and 
muscular coat of the uterus, suggest at once its applicability to 
many affections of the parts. In rigidity of the os, it is only 
second to Gelsemium, and its power to relieve spasms and gen- 
eral convulsions is universally accepted ; be the convulsions, epi- 
leptiform, puerperal, or of certain congestive kinds, as those pro 
duced by the irritation of teething or worms, or from infection. 

Among the disorders of the special senses, the favorable 
effects of Belladonna have been very marked in hypercesthesia 
of the retina, reflex or dependent upon some anomaly in refrac- 
tion, as well as in blepharospasm and strabismus due to spasmodic 
action of the muscles, or when resulting from brain affections. 
Norton considers this drug a valuble remedy in orbital neuralgia, 
especially of the infra-orbital nerve, with red face and hot hands, 
and may be required in some cases of amaurosis and amblyopia. 
especially if they are congestive in form and accompanied by 
headache and other characteristic symptoms. In hypercesthesia 
of the retina I have found Belladonna only second to Nux 
vomica, and in blepharospasm inferior to Agaricus. Bella- 
donna is not frequently indicated in inflammatory diseases of the 
eye, but Norton claims that it may prove serviceable in erysipe- 
latous inflammation of the lids, and in some forms of conjunctivi- 
tis- (especially catarrhal, in the early stages), with dryness of the 
eyes, thickened, red lids and burning pains in the eyes, though 
not as frequently indicated as Aconite. "Its use may also be 
necessary in acute aggravations of various chronic diseases, as in 
granular lids, when, after taking cold, the eyes become sensitive 
to air and light } with dryness and a gritty feeling in them ; or in 
chronic forms of keratitis in which the eye suddenly becomes in- 
tensely congested, with excessive photophobia, heat and pains 
which may be throbbing, or sharp, shooting through the- eyeball 
to the back of the head. 

Manifested under this drug, says Prof. Guernsey, is a remark- 
able quickness of sensation, or of motion ; the eyes snap and move 
quickly ; pains come and go with great celerity ; a pain may have 
lasted for some time, then in a second it is gone ; pains may com- 
mence suddenly, and slowly increase in severity till the height is 

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reached, and then in a second it is gone. Much twitching and 
jerking of the muscles. Dull and sleepy, half awake and half 
asleep. Sleepiness, but cannot sleep. Affinity of most sensations 
for the right side of the body. General symptoms right side also. 

Belladonna exerts but little action on nutrition, and is rarely 
indicated in digestive trouble, but its influence on secretion is 
powerful. Secretion under this drug is usually diminished, caus- 
ing dryness, but it may be thickened, causing a ropy discharge 
which, however, does not assume a plastic character. Nothing 
reveals better the value of our provings on the healthy human 
organism than the secondary or dynamic effects of drugs re- 
corded in our Materia Medica. Belladonna,, for instance, pro- 
duces excessive dryness of the mucous membranes and skin, by 
entirely arresting the secretions, and yet as in the throat, vagina 
and skin, we find, on the one hand, great heat and dryness of the 
parts, on the other, salivation, leucdrrhcea and sweating, succeed- 
ing the dryness. This action and reaction of the secretory and 
motor nerve-endings are due to the fact that Belladonna, be- 
sides its great influence upon the entire sympathetic system, is 
primarily a paralyzer, and secondarily, a stimulator of those 
nerve endings, and so we have extreme dryness followed often 
by exudation and excretion. To understand well these processes 
it is sufficient for the student to know that the secretion of sweat 
is regulated by the nervous system. In the skin, as in the secre- 
tory gland, the fluid is formed from the material in the lymph 
spaces surrounding the gland. Two sets of nerves are concerned, 
viz., vasomotor, regulating the blood supply, and secretory, stim- 
ulating the activities of the gland cells. Generally the two condi- 
tions, increased blood tiozv and increased glandular action, co- 
exist. At times profuse clammy sweat occurs, with diminished 
blood flow. 

The sweat of Belladonna frequently occurs on the covered 
parts, or may ascend from feet to head, suddenly appearing and 
disappearing, but when attended with burning heat or following 
immediately after the heat it is most common on the face. This 
change of place, under different circumstances, is easily ex- 
plained if one considers that although the dominating sweat-centre 
is located in the medulla, there are also subordinate centres in the 
cord. Physiology teaches us that the secretory fibres reach the 
perspiratory glands of the head and of the face through the cer- 

Conferences on Belladonna. n 

vical sympathetic; of the arms, through the thoracic sympathetic, 
ulnar and radial' nerves ; and of the leg through the abdominal 
sympathetic and sciatic nerves. As to cause, the perspiration of 
this drug is undoubtedly due to the increased temperature of the 
blood circulating in the medulla cord, just as it is due to the 
venosity of the blood in Sulphur. This well-known action of 
Belladonna upon the secretory fibres and perspiratory glands 
through the sympathetic nerve, has led to its successful employ- 
ment in the arrest of lactation, especially when this is followed by 
inflammation of the mammary gland, with hardness, heaviness, and 
radiating redness, parting from the centre. In the case indicat- 
ing this drug, the pains are throbbing, paroxysmal, fleeting, and 
the gland is usuallyfound not only flushed, but hot. smooth and 
shining. Belladonna, however, is not only indicated in the ar- 
rest or suppression of the lacteal secretion, but in galatorrhcea 
(excessive flow of milk), plainly showing again, both, its stimu- 
lating and paralyzing effects upon the secretory fibres of the 
gland-cells. On the subject of secretion and excretion the remarks 
of Prof. Ludlum demand our attention, he states that Bella- 
donna does not promote diaphoresis, is not critical in its results, 
has no special relation to the emunctories. but is appropriate to. 
and exercises a calmative influence over the deranged function of 
reflex action. 

A close study of the pathogenesis of this drug will, however, 
abundantly show that while dryness is a leading characteristic, 
there are sufficient evidences of secretory stimulation in many of 
the parts of the body over which it has an acknowledged in- 
fluence ; and an eminent observer. ,like Baehr, states to have al- 
ways found that when there was a doubt whether Aconite or 
Belladonna should be given, a disposition to perspire con- 
stituted a valuable indication for the latter remedy. 

Belladonna affects powerfully the circulation, and principally 
the capillary system. The genuine expression of the capillary con- 
gestion is the smooth erythematous rash, like that of scarlet fever 
and non-vesicular erysipelas, which commences with minute red 
points, soon assumes a diffused, scarlet red, shining appearance, 
and is attended with dryness, burning heat, and marked nervous 
disturbances ; for in few remedies is the -vascular and nervous 
systems so simultaneously excited as in Belladonna. Of its 

12 Conferences on Belladonna. 

special affinity for the brain and its membranes I have already re- 
ferred to at the beginning of this conference, and it behooves us 
now to allude to the congestive and inflammatory localizations 
this drug is able to produce and cure. Otf these localizations the 
most common are the faucial and laryngeal, the first attended by 
burning soreness, dryness, swelling and painful deglutition ; the 
second by painful constriction, hoarseness, anxious, hurried 
breathing, and dry, spasmodic, tickling cough. The tumefaction 
of the tonsils and surrounding tissue, with secretion of ropy 
mucus, is sometimes so severe that there is a constant urging to 
swallow and rejection of liquids through the nose. The ear is 
also the seat d-f congestion, with tearing and shooting, and the 
parotid gland may become involved, especially the right. Im- 
portant is likewise the ocular localization, with its burning sore- 
ness, shooting pain, conjunctival injection, lachrymation and in- 
tense photophobia ; and no description of the local action of 
Belladonna is complete without a reference to the uterine con- 
gestion, where the clutching, clawing pains, the occasional loss 
of hot, bright red blood, and the urgent, downward pressing, as 
if everything would protrude through the vulva, are so charac- 

The glandular and submucous cellular tissue partake sometimes 
of the vascular congestion and infl animation, with impending for- 
mation of pus. In the glands there is arrest or suppression of 
secretion, with tumefaction, beating pains, and constitutional dis- 
turbances. In the sub-mucous cellular tissue, the same dryness, 
redness, heat and swelling of acute inflammatory processes, with 
more or less disorders of sensation and motion, according to the 
region involved. When the spine is congested the pains are 
usually of a drawing, burning and throbbing character. In some 
cases there is a backache, as if broken, but the cramp-like pains of 
the sacrum and coccyx, in fact, of the back generally, are char- 
acteristic. In other cases, the crampy pains are of a pressing 
character in the middle of the spine, or there is a sticking and 
gnawing pain in the vertebral column generally. A sore spot be- 
tween the last dorsal and first lumbar vertebrae has been observed 
and recorded. 

The active influence exerted by Belladonna on the nervous 
system, as we have seen elsewhere, where not only the brain but 
also the spinal cord is deeply affected and sensitive, as well 

Conferences on Belladonna. 13 

as the motor nerves, has led to its employment, since the days of 
Hahnemann, in acute congestion of the brain, arising from any 
cause, such as exposure to heat, alcoholism, brain exhaustion, 
fever, gastric irritation, etc. A careful study of. the central, peri- 
pheral, motor and sensory phenomena will lead us at once to its 
use in many organic and functional affections of nervous origin. 

Belladonna covers admirably the period of excitement of 
cerebral congestion, and the same may be said of acute simple 
meningitis, a form of leptomeningitis, generally affecting the con- 
vexity of the brain, and where the congestion of the pia mater is 
the initial manifestation. But even in the stage of depression it 
will be found to correspond with some of the most pathognomonic 
symptoms, such as somnolence, dilatation of the pupils, relaxa- 
tion of the sphincters, retention of urine, etc. And, again, if we 
take into consideration that in simple leptomeningitis, where tu- 
bercles do not exist, if the base of the brain is involved, the 
symptoms developed are almost identical to those of tubercular 
meningitis, we may still find occasion to employ this drug in the 
latter affection. 

The symptoms of the stage of irritation of acute spinal conges- 
tion and even inflammation are also very frequently indicative of 
Belladonna, especially i l f the affection of the spine is associated 
with cerebral meningitis, the phenomena of which are then super- 
added, making the indication more complete. When, however, 
the backache abates, the muscular spasm is replaced by paralysis, 
hyperesthesia by anaesthesia, and the reflex excitability, which 
was previously increased, becomes diminished, we must consult 
other remedies better suited to the stage of depression. We 
should further bear in mind that the symptoms of meningitis are 
really those of superficial myelitis, and their severity depends upon 
the extent to which the latter proceeds, and that in those cases of 
myelitis which are secondary to meningitis, as so frequently hap- 
pens, the early stages will, of course, be characterized by the 
symptoms peculiar to the latter affection. 

In the treatment of acute inflammatory fevers, especially exan- 
thematic. Belladonna holds an exalted rank. It has a brilliant 
clinical history in the treatment of scarlatina, where the character 
of the rash, the sore throat, and the tendency to convulsions are 
some of its most characteristic symptoms. In the prodromal rash 

14 Conferences on Belladonna. 

of variola, when scarlatiniform, we often have to resort to this 
remedy ; and in non-vesicular erysipelas, especially of the face, 
where the brain often becomes involved, its curative properties 
have been frequently verified. 

I have never found Belladonna indicated in typhoid fever, but 
it has been my privilege to employ it repeatedly and with satis- 
factory results both in yellow fever and typhus fever during the 
ten-year-war in Cuba. At that time, by order of the Government, 
men, women and children were taken to the cities and huddled in 
provisional hospitals and barracks, — centres of filth, over-crowd- 
ing and destitution, — where the death-rate was appalling, 
and where, through the kindness and courtesy of Dr. Aparicio, 
of Trinidad, I had ample opportunity to study and treat these dis- 
eases, at the "Cuartel de Carreras.'' From my notes, taken at the 
time, and which I intend to publish in the near future, I am to- 
day enabled to state that Belladonna is admirably suitable to 
those cases of yellow fever with early cerebral affection, chiefly 
expressed by a violent delirium and psycho-motor impulses, 
sometimes severe enough to require restraint. In the cases in 
which I found this drug indicated there were always markedly 
present the burning skin, the injection of the face and eyes, the 
heavy lids, the photophobia, the anxious look, the throbbing head- 
ache, the lumbar pains, the epigastric distress, and the unremit- 
tent temperature. In several of these cases the secondary febrile 
reaction was so slight as to pass unnoticed. When the jaundice 
is severe, the black-vomit occurs, and the typhoid state super- 
venes. Belladonna ceases to be a remedy o'f this infectious fever. 
But while the meningeal irritation and psycho-motor impulses 
last, even if the urine is scanty or suppressed, this drug should be 

Better indicated still and with better results did I employ Bel- 
ladonna in the treatment of typhus fever, a fever in which the 
onset is usually so sudden that the patient may be taken very ill 
in a few hours, with rigors, rapid ascent of temperature ( 104 - 
105 °) and severe involvement of the brain Even when the at- 
tack is insidious, the prodromes are nearly all of nervous origin — 
mental dulness and confusion, severe headache, z'crtigo, intoler- 
ance of light, facial and conjunctival injection, pain in the back 
and limbs, agitation, etc. In no infectious fever known. T think. 

Conferences on Belladonna. 15 

is the nervous system so rapidly and completely overwhelmed by 
toxaemia as in typhus; only a few hours being very frequently re- 
quired to witness the inroad made by the disease upon the nerv- 
ous centres and blood-life. Here, as in all acute specific fevers, 
the typhoid state is the expression of profound prostration, and 
the cerebral cortex, with all its functions of perception, of motion, 
and of sensation, is found lowered and blunted, sometimes nearly 
to abolition. 

It is interesting to observe, that while during the first week of 
typlius fever the frontal headache is of a crushing or splitting 
character, and usually attended by intellectual dulness. vertigo, 
insomnia, troublesome sleep and agitation, it is replaced, at about 
the beginning of the second week, by a delirium of varied form 
and intensity | Txpliowaria) . This circumstance may be puz- 
zling to the inexpert, who .'may often d^ led. to ascribe to Bella- 
donna the cessation of the headache. My observations, however, 
induce me to believe tha^ in many pronounced, congestive cases 
the dciiri:i:n, which at the early stage amounts to mere mental 
dulress and confusion, coexist with the hebdache.. and that this 
headache only disappears when the delirium becomes intensified, 
assuming either the muttering character of all low fevers, or the 
violent, almost destructive of mental aberration, especially when 
accompanied with impulses to escape or to commit suicide. This 
last variety of delirium was chierlv noticed in soldiers, and par- 
ticular^ in those addicted to alcohol. 

Moreover. Belladonna, like typhus fever, diminishes the 
secretions. In both we find the skin dry and so the mouth, tongue 
and throat, with thirst ; the bowels confined ; the urine scanty, re- 
tained, or suppressed, and so are other secretions. But it is when 
the nervous symptoms are prominent and come on early that the 
consideration of this drug becomes imperative. As soon as I 
noticed the heaviness and confusion of the head, the mental dul- 
ness, and the patient complained of giddiness and intolerance of 
light, I thought at once of Belladonna, which never failed to do 
its share of work. Even when the prostration with dull, heavy 
look is as marked as in pneumonia, and the heart shows the great 
debility in the impulse and shorter, almost flapping first sound. 
I have seen this remedy aid the recuperative forces, especially 
during the state of excitement which so frequently precedes the 

1 6 Arnica and Hamamelis. 

circulatory depression, and which only those who have observed 
the disease are able to appreciate. Of course, we should remem- 
ber that these observations were made during an epidemic, and 
that the general character of this disease is that of acute blood 
poisoning of a low type in which Belladonna has but a limited 
sphere of usefulness. 

By C. M. Boger, M. D. 

Loss of continuity permeates the mental as well as physical 
processes of almost every Arnica condition. Ideation is irregular, 
being subject to interruption, .the power of the motor nerves is 
often abolished or they act only in par-. .The. results that imper- 
fect or slow answers, followed quickly by stupor and involuntary 
evacuations, are much in evidence ; other symptoms lik> those seen 
after injuries, concussions, apoplexies, fevers, etc., soon appear. 

The sensory nerves do no: generally suffer so severely, for 
there is much bruised soreness more referable lG their distribution 
to the upper limbs, feet and toes, the very parts most liable to in- 
jury. All through the remedy evidences of loss of power or 
function run side by side, with acute sensitiveness or soreness ; 
this you must remember. 

In the spinal irritability, caused by accident, or due to the con- 
stant vibration and jar of railway travel, often seen in engineers 
and trainmen, it is the first remedy to be thought of, particularly 
if, along with many reflex symptoms, there is a feeling of a lump 
in the back. We may find the sensation of a lump occurring in 
other parts, notably the brain, which feels as i'f rolled up into a 
lump, or the epigastrium. 

Its effect upon the nervous system may be deep enough to simu- 
late paralytic phenomena, as shown by the involuntary stools. 
paralysis of the lower jaw. noisy swallowing, inabilitv to ex- 
pectorate the loosened phlegm, which must be swallowed ; a feel- 
ing as if the right side were heavy, hanging down and paralyzed, 
and pains which seem to paralyze the parts, etc. Hemiplegia 
(right) with dark, blue spots on the skin, haemorrhages or in- 
voluntary stools. 

*Notes from lectures delivered at Pulte Medical College. 

Arnica and Hamamelis. 17 

M'anv injuries are accompanied by extravasations and even 
haemorrhages, particularly in persons having an active capillary 
circulation. By virtue of its double effect upon the blood and its 
containers Arnica causes petechial spots and an erysipelatous 
eruption closely resembling traumatic erysipelas, meeting the in- 
dications which it presents most effectually. In traumatic or post- 
operative erysipelas it is the remedy above all others. Vesicular 
erysipelas spreading wherever the fluid from the blisters runs. 

There is much evidence of its power to absorb extravasations 
of blood. Blear eyes and subconjunctival haemorrhages are 
prominent examples of this. 

Arnica gradually disorganizes the blood, finally causing effects 
very similarto those seen in low types of zymotic, septic or trau- 
very similar to those seen in low types of zymotic, septic or trau- 
panied by heat of the head and a bad odor from the mouth. The 
heat is often partial or comes in repeated short attacks, and with 
it there are pains in the muscles, swelling of the veins of the 
hands, sour vomiting, backache, prostration and mental indif- 
ference. If the fever becomes continuous, the latter soon passes 
into stupor from which the patient can only be temporarily 
aroused, a red stripe appears along the centre of the tongue, 
bruise-like spots are seen on the skin and haemorrhage from some 
organ may occur. If it takes the form of nose-bleed., the blood 
is dark and fluid ; from the lungs it is frothy. The stool is apt to 
be involuntary, and sometimes consists of brown froth. There 
may be a bloody vomit or blood in the urine. 

Under its influence there is a tendency to boils, which are 
either very sore or fail to mature. There are also excoriations, 
ulcers and nondescript eruptions all marked by extreme pain- 
fulness and crawling, itching sensations which change place when 

Gout of the big toe. with redness and constant fear of being 
touched or approached. This fear of being approached or 
touched is caused by the bruised soreness from which the patient 
suffers : he don't want any one near him for fear of being hurt. 
It causes the bed to feel too hard, and may be general or local, 
but we naturally find it more pronounced externally. When it is 
more sensible internally Camphor and Pulsatilla outrank Arnica. 

Because of their stimulating effects there is a desire for sour 

18 Arnica and Hamamclis. 

things and whiskey, but the torpidity of the digestive canal gives 
rise to indigestion and the generation of much foul gas, some- 
times having the odor of bad eggs. An objective bad odor from 
the mouth, as well as a subjective bad or putrid taste, is very com- 
mon. In general, it is a remedy of foul odors, which are mostly 
due to decomposition. 

Early in his sickness the Arnica patient is stubborn, resists 
treatment and is easily irritated, but later, by falling asleep while 
talking, or replying to questions, and at once relapsing into a 
stupor, he shows a certain mental incapacity which borders 
closely on paralysis. In spite of this, the intellectual faculties 
never entirely lose the impressionability so distinctive of this 

The aggravations occur in the evening, and correspond to the 
times of greatest fatigue. Injuries, concussions, contusions 
blows, sprains and external violence stand in a causative relation- 
ship, therefore they take the first rank. 

Echinacea, closely related botanically and pathogenetically, gets 
much credit lately where Arnica would answer every needful pur- 

Sulphuric acid is complementary, often finishing the work be- 
gun by Arnica. 


Fulness, soreness and bleeding is a syndrome which should call 
your attention to Hamamelis. The sense of overfulness is caused 
by venous engorgement, the soreness is due to irritation, and the 
bleeding is of the dark, passive sort, which shows that veins have 
relaxed and lost their tone. 

Haemorrhage somewhere or from some part is part and parcel 
of the Hamamelis state : the blood may come from the nose, 
throat, stomach, lungs, intestinal tract, piles or elsewhere, but it 
nearly always flows passively and is not coagulable. Retained 
haemorrhages, forming extravasations and effusions, are very 
amenable to its action. There is little or no evidence of its power 
to alter the composition of the blood, such as we see causing the 
ccchymoses of Arnica. 

With this knowledge you should be quite prepared to see it re- 
lieve and cure varicose veins, for it justly holds the* first rank 

Arnica and Hamamelis. 19 

among remedies for this purpose ; when it does not seem quite 
sufficient to complete the cure, Fluoric acid will usually do so. 
Phlebitis, especially of traumatic origin, when the veins seem 
ready to burst {Viper a) and the parts are exquisitely tender. 

It is especially suited to those venous consitutions in which the 
congestion of blood to some part causes a sense of overfulness. 
only relieved by bleeding {Melilotus). Sometimes the loss of 
blood prostrates out of all proportion to its quantity. 

It has a special affinity for the glandular parts of the genera- 
tive organs, the ovaries and testes ; they become sensitive and are 
the seat of the bruised sore pains so common in orchitis and 

Hamamelis has a peculiar sweat which is worth remember- 
ing, in that it is very profuse, and only affects the parts which 
are covered with hair, the scalp and genitals, especially the 

Witch hazel belongs to the hydrogenoid group of remedies and 
is. therefore, worse from dampness, particularly from warm, 
moist air. 

The cardinal point to remember is that it combines a bruised 
soreness, with a tendency to varicoses and haemorrhages. 

It should be compared with Pulsatilla, Arnica, Sulphuric acid 
and Hypericum. 

Predominant Conditions. 

Arnica. Hamamelis. 

Injuries or toxaemias with con- Glands, 
sequent innervation, paraly- Varicoses. 
sis. etc. 
Bleedings. Bleedings of dark, non-co- 

agulable blood, often giving 
a sense of relief. 
Bruised soreness. Fulness ; bursting sensations. 

Parkersburg, Va. 

20 The Dangerous Germs. 

By Wm. L. Morgan, M.D. 

There is no one subject that occupies so much space in modern 
literature of every kind, as well as in the teachings and research 
of the highest educational institutions of the civilized world, as 
that of the germ theory of disease. 

No subject has caused more fear, dread and suffering among 
all classes of the human race than the science of bacteriology 
and the literature regarding dangerous germs, microbes, bacteria 
and ptomaines. 

About four years ago, at a Tubercular convention held under 
the auspices of one of the leading universities of America, which 
was made very interesting by lectures delivered by professor of 
bacteriology from several of the world's most noted universities, 
there was given this very intelligible definition of the organic 
germ: "A living vegetable organism from decomposed, dead or- 
ganic matter," and it was further explained that dead tissue and 
other organic matter, when decomposed, formed a soil to produce 

It was also especially explained that microbes may be, and 
often are, in the systems of healthy persons, but harmless until 
there is a susceptibility in the system for their operations, all of 
which was clearly explained in scholarly language and, in a 
manner, consistent with sound philosophy and in harmony with 
what is well known of the propagation of larger plants, from the 
planting of the seed; through the growth, ripening of the fruit, 
to the death, decomposition and fertilizing of the soil for another 
crop, and their relation to, and connection with, the decomposi- 
tion, or the dead organic matter in living human organisms. This, 
when carefully analyzed by the unbiased reasoner, will be found 
of deep interest and great value to the botanist and agriculturist, 
and it will be found that before the microbe can do harm there 
has to be the work of another agent to prepare the soil to sprout 
the microbe seeds; as there has been no putrefaction, there could 
be no ptomaines. And hence, as neither microbes nor ptomaines 
could be present or do damage till the soil is prepared suitable 
to the growth of the specific microbe : Therefore, it is perfectly 

The Dangerous Germs. 21 

clear that there must be another agent or factor preceding the 
microbe which deranges life and causes a morbid condition, and 
the death of cells and molecules which decompose to form the 
said soil. 

We now see, from lectures and literature of the highest order, 
that microbes and ptomaines are not the dangerous germs of dis- 
ease, and we must look further. 

From recent history of malarial and yellow fevers in New Or- 
leans, also Havana and other cities in Cuba, Panama and the 
Isthmian cities, we find that when the miasmatic fevers were very 
disastrous, the United States army force cleaned the cities 
drained the swamps, where vegetation was decaying, and buried 
all dead animal matter, to get rid of the invisible emanations 
which were constantly given off, with the gases, from the decom- 
posing masses of filth of various kinds, and then yellow fever 
soon disappeared. A short time ago, in our own city, an epidemic 
of typhoid fever broke out in Hampden and Woodbury, as we all 
remember, which was attributed to germs in the milk, but speed- 
ily disappeared when the neglected part of the city was cleaned 
and the decaying masses of matter that produced the miasms 
were removed. 

Cases are too numerous to relate in this paper where fevers 
and diphtheria have infested a small locality, or even a single 
house, for a long time, in which when a mass of decaying vegeta- 
tion and animal matter was removed, and a general cleaning up 
took place, the sickness at once disappeared, to stay away as long 
as there is no decomposing matter nearby to produce that vital 
emanation to be inhaled with the air breathed that deranges life 
and places the entire system in a morbid state and creates a soil 
for microbes. 

With all this, what could be clearer to the mind of the unpreju- 
diced thinker than that invisible miasms from masses of decom- 
posing organic matter are the dangerous germs that first invade 
the healthy system and cause the morbid state and all that fol- 
lows, and from the unquestionable high authorities referred to 
we know that there can be no possible danger from microbes, 
bacilli or ptomaines, causing or generating sickness, and that the 
invisible miasms from decomposing dead organic matter of any 
kind are The Dangerous Germs. 

22 Biochemistry and Sepsis. 

This epitome of the subject is not complete without saying that 
with infectious, contagious and inoculable diseases the disease 
dynamis, and not matter, acts on the life force through the peri- 
pheral nerves and from the point of inception deranges the func- 
tions of life, causing a morbid condition in blood and tissue, 
which condition is made known to the observer through the or- 

Baltimore. Md. 

By Eric Graf von der Goltz, M. D. 

Ch. D., a young girl of fifteen years of age, had suffered on 
board of the ship, while coming from Europe to New York, a 
slight accident, as it seemed at the time, somebody having stepped 
on the great toe of her right foot. 

About fourteen days after coming to New York she fell sick 
(March ioth, '07) — did not feel well, had headaches and chills, 
and also pains in this injured toe. 

The toe beginning to swell, a physician was called; from his 
prescribed compresses, with a lotion, the whole foot and leg be- 
gan to swell and became inflamed in such a w r ay that the rela- 
tives of the patient called another physician, and, later, still an- 
other was consulted without any result. 

Finally, again, the first physician was called, who, in consulta- 
tion with another, a hospital surgeon, recommended an extensive 
operation, respectively, amputation of the leg. 

The family and patient, not consenting to this proposal, the 
writer was called May 25th, and found her in the following con- 
dition : The patient was sitting in bed, holding the best leg with 
both hands. 

The foot and leg were swollen to the double size of their nor- 
mal state, all tendons of the knee shortened, so that the leg could 
not be stretched. 

On the leg, and also on the foot, from different points, matter 
was oozing. The foot and leg. up to the hip, were very sensitive 
to the touch. 

The patient was in wretched condition from pains, fever and 

Biochemistry and Sepsis. 23 

sleeplessness — the most pains happening at night from relaxa- 
tion and changing of the position while falling asleep. 

It was necessary, at first, to combat the exhausting low fever 
and to stop the general pyaemic cellulites involving the bone — 
the patient was. besides, nearly starved, as her stomach revolted 
against everything — the primary biochemic remedies were Kali 
phos. 6x and Silica I2x, changing every two hours. 

May 2jth. — Idem. 

May 31st. — Idem. 

June 6. — Gradually an improvement appeared. Since about 
twenty-four hours, instead of the general and diffuse pain — they 
had exclusively settled in the bones, especially at night — Kali 
iod. 6x. one dosis even- hour. 

June 22d. — The general swollen state of the whole limb had 
gone down, a perceptible mobility of the knee-joint and the ham- 
string condition had been ameliorated. As the pains and the dis- 
ease seemed now to locate mostly around the knee-joint. Kali iod. 
6x and Alumina silico-sulfocalcarea 6x were given in a two hours. 

The general state was better, as with diminishing of the patho- 
logical process, the appetite had returned to some degree. 

Julx 6th. — The further improved state of the patient allowed. 
for the first time, a more exact examination of the deeper iayers 
of foot and leg. It was found that on many places, especially 
near the oozing points along the leg (either broken on own ac- 
cord, or lanced by the former attending physicians), the surface 
of the bone appeared to be elevated and knobby. Medication now 
Calc. fluor. I2x and Kali mur. 6x, the latter, especially, for the 
soft parts, in a two hours' change. 

July 21st. — Patient begins to improve in a more observable 
way. The pains appear now only at intervals. The sleep and 
rest is less disturbed. The knee-joint continues to improve, es- 
pecially in regard to mobility. The latter fact was the greatest 
concern for the writer, as it is well known what trouble such a 
neglected anchylosis of a joint will give. 

Same medication. 

August nth. — Slow, but constant progress ; as observation 
had taught in former cases, where several remedies are neces- 
sary, the greatest benefit will often be gained by compound 

24 The Dollar and the Doctor. 

salts, so here it was deemed necessary to give, as sole medication. 
Calcarea silico-fluorata 6x, one dosis of three grains, three times 
a day. 

August 23d. — Good progress in every way. — Idem. 

September 7. — Idem. 

September Tjth. — Further uninterrupted improvement ; the 
swelling has fallen off considerably. Patient is able now to stretch 
the leg slowly so far that the foot, with the sole, save a small 
part of the heel, rests on the ground. The knee-joint remains 
flexed only to a slight degree. — Idem. 

November pth. — Patient can walk around unrestrained. The 
foot remains still a little swollen; same medication (continued 
since August nth). 

November 27th. — Patient discharged fully cured, all remain- 
ing swelling having disappeared. 

New York City, 24.J East y2d St. 

By T. L. Bradford, M. D. 

"It is worth $25 to $100 to make the first study of a very dif- 
ficult case, and mark out the line of treatment." 

So writes one of the best and most careful and skillful prescrib- 
es, who has accepted the rich legacy left by Hahnemann. Lippe. 
Farrington, Raue, to all the members of the School of Similia. Ac- 
cepted — aye, accepted and practiced, a thing that all our school 
has not done. But, why? Ask the young man just out of college, 
wise with the knowledge of many books, and he will usually tell 
you that to prescibe as Hahnemann advised one must waste too 
much time ; that we moderns have changed all that, that we have 
reached a plane beyond such time of antiquated methods, and can 
now press a button and the coal tar products will speedilv do all 
the rest. 

But is this true? Is it a fact that a law can become obsolete? 
Does not the apple still fall from the tree groundward ? Aye, my 
masters, and truly, if we really find the medicine that will pro- 
duce the ailment, that medicine will most certainly remove it from 
the suffering body. It is the Law. But the time it takes ! And 

The Dollar and the Doctor. 25 

the little pay! That part of it is right, the careful doctor who 
spends some hours in repertory study, in writing up the case, in 
discrimination, gets no more than the m|an who advises a dose 
of quinine or Matamidophenylparamethoxy-Chinolin. And if we 
are only commercial doctors the question is answered — we will 
go on giving- the routine remedy and let the patient blunder back 
to comparative health. But, if we subscribe to the statement 
made by one German thinker, that : "The physician's highest and 
only calling is to restore health to the sick, which is called heal- 
ing," if we put our calling above dollars, then it behooves us to 
use all the means in our power to CURE. 

Tt is not easy to study up a case and to find the proper remedy ; 
but there is a lot of pleasure in watching the poor sufferers, heir 
to generations, maybe, of wrong living, grow strong and healthy ; 
to see the little baby, victim of mal-nutrition, become plump and 
good natured under the action of the RIGHT homoeopathic rem- 
edy. And, therefore, my masters, it does pay us to prescribe care- 
fully and conscientiously and in accord with the law we profess 
to follow, pay us in a gold that is brighter than that of the heart- 
less plutocrats. But — how shall' we take the case? That is what 
Dr. E. B. Nash has very lucidly explained to us in a little book 
just published, under the title: "How to Take the Case and to 
Find the Similimurrt Phila. : Boericke & Tafel. 1907." Price. 
50 cents. 

Now, Dr. Nash stands to-day as the principal exponent for the 
Homoeopathy of Hahnemann, and in several carefully written 
books he has very ably taught the methods of exact prescribing. 
In this small volume of fifty pages he tells us that we may not 
prescibe for the name of the disease, but by symptoms, that the 
true homoeopath has no remedy for quinsy, or rheumatism, or 
diphtheria. Usually the patient will locate the trouble, and then 
the doctor must determine the significance of the pain, if neces- 
sary, by research in the repertory. There are the sensations, 
burning, sticking, fulness, cramping., numbness., faintness, the 
aggravations and ameliorations, as to time and circumstances, the 
cause of the diseased condition, cold, suppression of disease, the 
constitution and the temperament of the patient. Lastly, there 
are several pages of numbered "Generals." "Symptoms, as given 
by patients," and on the opposite page, "Same as found in the 
repertories." Of these there are twenty-three. And there are 

26 A Platinum Case. 

twenty-two paragraphs, numbered, of "Particulars." On one 
page the Particular given by the patient, on the other, that given 
by the repertory. Now, take down all symptoms, work them out 
in the repertories. After each symptom put down the remedies 
given ; and the remedy occurring the most times will probably 
be the indicated remedy. 

Dr. Nash says in his last pages, "Physicians are about the only 
profession that are expected to do a good job for the same pay as 
a poor one." "The biggest humbugs on earth get more wealth 
out of patent nostrums, out of the grand elliptical Asiatical panti- 
curial nervous cordials than the most educated, able and con- 
scientious physician in the world." 

And Dr. Nash is right, the charlatans thrive. But what would 
ye, my masters? Is money everything Is there not the delight 
of the true workman, be he artist, or doctor, or builder of houses, 
in doing his work well, in painting a perfect picture, in building 
a lasting mansion, or in making a sick person well, and as Kip- 
ling sings : 

And no one shall work for money, and no one shall work for fame, 
But each for the joy of working and each in his separate star 
Shall draw the thing as he sees it for the god of things as they 


By S. C. Bannerjee, M. D., F. H. C. S. 

Babu ■ — came to my office and informed me that his 

brother's wife was under the influence of a ghost, and further, 
he added, that she was subject to attacks of hysteria. She would 
try to go away and said that some of her dead relatives often came 
and called her to go with them. She said that she could see them 
standing by. She would talk of past events and feared the ap- 
proach of death. I further learned, on questioning, that she was 
suffering from painful menstruation of dark and clotted blood, 
mind depressed. Discharges much clotted blood during the first 
day, with painful urging, and pinching pain in abdomen and 
groins ; discharge intermittent, low spirited, nervous and irri- 
table ; temperament, obstinate ; constipation, palpitation, great in- 
clination to weep, aversion to every kind of food ; everything 
seems strange to her. 

A Platinum Case. 27 

Under the above circumstances my prescription was Platinum 
30, one powder thrice daily; this was continued for two days. 
She made quick and complete recovery. 

Second: A Bubo Case. 

I was called in to see a lady suffering- from bubo. I prescribed 
Ars. iod>, 2x, one powder every four hours. On the next day I 
was informed that her menses, which had been suppressed for a 
vear after delivery, for which she had taken several allopathic 
drugs without any benefit, had reappeared and were now normal 
and have remained so. 

Third : Diphtheria. 

On the 19th of September, last, 1 went to treat a girl seven 
vears old. She was suffering from diphtheria. Saw her the 
second day of the attack. 

The symptoms were, sudden feeling of heart and soreness of the 
pharynx ; the arches of the palate dusky red ; feeling of stiffness 
about the throat ; deglutition was painful, tonsils were inflamed, 
swollen and covered with exudation ; patches of grayish-white 
spots were on the tonsils, which were small at first, but gradually 
increased and threatened suffocation. The tongue was thickly 
coated yellow. There was slight fever and constipation. 

Treat m en t.^-A dry flannel bandage was placed round the 
throat. The child was made to inhale steam of hot water, to which 
a few drops of oil Eucalyptus had been added. A gargle of 3i 
of alcohol and gr. v of Nat rum mur. in a pint of warm water, 
was administered several times a day, and she was kept in a warm 
bed in a well-ventilated room, separated from the other members 
of the family. Proper nourishment was given to her, and ab- 
solute cleanliness observed. 

Merc. sol. 30, one drop in one ounce of distilled water, was ad- 
ministered every four hours. This was continued for four days 
and the girl is all right since then. 

Sitanvarhi, India 

Hawkes' Characteristics is not a new book but a most excellent 
one for those who want the characteristics of our remedies ac- 
curately and tersely put. Good symptom note book, too, as every 
alternate page is left blank. 

28 Cactus vs. Cactus Grandiflorus. 


The Therapeutic Gazette recently contained an editorial on 
"The Lack of Therapeutic Value of- Cactus Grandiflorus." which 
we copy. Here it is : 

"For a number of years a considerable number of practitioners 
have been under the impression that Cactus grandiflorus possesses 
certain virtues as a cardiac stimulant, while others have con- 
sidered that its stimulant effect is feeble, but have believed that 
it exercised a sedative influence upon the cardiac viscus. Thus, 
a well-known practitioner of Philadelphia has been accustomed 
to employ the tincture, or fluid extract, in cases of cardiac palpi- 
tation or irregularity, and while he has frequently combined this 
remedy with other drugs he has been wont to credit the good re- 
sults to the cactus rather than to the remedy administered simul- 
taneously. Those who have been most rational in this matter 
have, however, never believed that cactus possessed very great 
power, and certain investigations which have been carried on dur- 
ing the last few years seem to prove pretty clearly that even a 
moderate degree of activity is not possessed by this drug." 

'The most recent of these contributions is an investigation 
which has been published in the Journal of the American Medical 
Association of September 21, 1907, by Hatcher, who has studied 
the effects of the drug upon animals, and who has also gone over, 
in considerable detail, the literature which deals with this so- 
called remedy. After proving that the few experimental studies 
which have been made with it are not worthy of confidence, he 
proceeds to detail the results which he has obtained in experi- 
ments upon animals, and he finds that cactus and its so-called 
"active principle" are not only devoid of any influence similar to 
that of Digitalis and Strychnine, but that they are inert when 
used on animals in doses that are hundreds and even thousands 
of times as large as those recommended by persons who claim 
that the drug produces excellent results. These conclusions dis- 
tinctly indorse those reached by Sayre and Houghton which were 
published in the Therapeutic Gazette in 1906. It is remembered 
that the good results which have been obtained from the use of 
cactus by certain practitioners may have been in reality due to 
other causes than the drusf itself. The rest in bed which manv 

Cactus vs. Cactus Grandiflorus. 

practitioners wisely recommend to patients with cardiac ir- 
regularity is always a powerful factor in recovery, and the psychic 
influence of taking a supposed remedy from a physician in whom 
the patient has confidence does much toward diminishing mental 
anxiety in regard to the heart, particularly if at the same time 
some sedative like Hyoscyamus. the Bromides, or Belladonna 
have been given as adjuvants.'' 

So writes the editor of the Therapeutic Gazette, and what he 
writes here is true of cactus, but not of Cactus grandiflorus. 
There is probably as great a difference between these two as there 
is between Rhus aromatica and Rhus tox. The great bulk of the 
tinctures, fluid extracts and elusive "active principles" are made 
from the cheap native cactus and not from the magnificent night- 
blooming cereus (Cactus grandiflorus) . The reason for this is 
that the latter is very difficult to obtain in sufficient quantities and 
very expensive. To illustrate this point : A homseopathic phar- 
macy recently wanted to renew its stock of Cactus grandiflorus; 
they were offered any quantity of cactus at low rates, but the 
sellers admitted that it was not Cactus grand., "but." they added, 
"it is what all use." 

The firm in question, after considerable trouble, located a 
source of supply and a reliable man to gather, pack and ship it. 
In due time the shipment was received — not a very large one — 
and the various charges on it, exclusive of the price paid to the 
collector was over seventy-five dollars. The consignment was 
verified as being the genuine Cactus grand, by the Agricultural 
Department's botanist. Probably if it were possible to use the 
Cactus grand., in place of ordinary cactus, the reputation of the 
drug would be rehabilitated and also the price of the tincture 
would materially advance. The reputation of many a good drug 
has been ruined by the too prevalent spirit of commercialism. 
which disregards everything in a drug save its price and name. 
There is a wide difference between tinctures bearing the same 

30 Diarrhoea, Infantile. 


By R. C. Mitter, M. D. 

Babu N. Karr's child (male), aged six months, came under my 
treatment on September ioth, 1907, after it had passed several' 
allopathic hands. The child was evacuating greenish-watery, 
slimy, frothy and sour-smelling stools. The mother is dyspeptic, 
for which she received Robinia 3X. Looking at the characteristic 
stool of the child, and the head sweating profusely, I prescribed 
Calcarea carb. 1000, one dose, then paused for seven days, but 
there was no change for the better. The stool became grass- 
green, frothy, slimy, and Ipecac. 30c. was prescribed. One dose in 
the morning was continued for six days. The character of the stool 
was not changed and as the vitality of the child was ebbing away, 
I prescribed the same medicine in 6x and 3X potencies for an- 
other week. This gave no effect and the stool became more and 
more profuse and the child was now evacuating profuse greenish- 
yellow stool, as if it had been coming out of open anus. Phos. 
30c, one dose. Next day the only improvement found was that 
it was not so profuse as before, but the character remained un- 
changed. I paused for four days after Phos. had been admin- 
istered, but the stool again became profuse and smelling horribly 
offensive. The child was found to be nearly pulseless, eyes sunk 
into the sockets. I hesitated giving Phos. low and looked over the 
case again. I asked Babu N. Karr (Hd. clerk Junior Engineers' 
office Sahebgunge) if he had been suffering from any chronic 
malady; he said, yes. for the last six years he had had seminal 
emissions daily and during the night. He had felt well a month 
only. It convinced me that the child received somle constitutional 
taint through his father. Then I looked over the stool of Medor- 
rhinum (Clark's Dictionary of Materia Medica), it ran thus: 

"Child, aet. fifteen months, brought on a pillow to clinic, ap- 
parently dead ; eyes glossy, set ; could not find pulse, but felt 
heart-beat ; running from anus greenish-yellow, thin, horribly 
offensive stool." 

Gave the child a dose of Mvdorrhinnm 200c. The next day 
the character of the stool was found thus : 

Influenza Pneumonia, 31 

Yellowish-green (grass-green, not watery) stained bright-red 
blood, frothy, smelling sour. Vomiting and retching several 
times during the day and night. I now came back to Ipecac. 30c. 
and the child was now improving rapidly and it came round in 
five days. 

Sahebgunge, India, Nov. 8, 1907. 


By Dr. G. Sieffert, Pans. 

In every new epidemy of influenza the observation made long 
ago of its mutability of form becomes anew noticeable. This fact 
: is seen even in the merely bacteriological relations of its specific 
cause. New observations by Wasserman, Doering and Jochmann 
show that it is often very difficult to find the bacillus of Pfeiffer ; 
the active cause quickly vanishing out of the sputum, etc. 

Also the fact that some persons are apt to be taken sick with 
frequent relapses of influenza brings new difficulties for the 
theory of the bacteriologist. Pseudo-influenza is spoken of. also 
of an epidemic imitating influenza, only because the typical bacil- 
lus is lacking, while the other characteristic phenomena are pres- 
ent Jochmann, from this, concludes that also other bacilli, as 
pneumococci, etc., may cause typical influenza. Also in this case 
it is seen that the modern view, with its one-sided consideration 
of the bacillus, instead of being further cleared up, is everywhere 
confronted with contradictions. Even the bacteriologv of diph- 
theria has proved the inferiority of the microbic proofs as com- 
pared with the clinic characteristics. 

It might, therefore, be true that the retention of the term 
"Genius epidcmiats" might prove the more scientific in view of 
the lack of agreement of teachers ; denoting by this term the com- 
plex of physical atmospheric influences, and the personal' indi- 
vidual disposition, which are the components which give to the 
epidemics their infinite shadings, while it is so far impossible to 
see in the action of these influences in accordance with any 
definite laws. This predominance of the "genius epidemicus" 
does not show itself only in the factors, which according to the 

32 Influenza Pneumonia. 

old school, are the causes (the bacteria), hut it shows itself even 
much more strongly in the clinical forms of expression of the 
epidemy at this day. Thence it is that the conception of in- 
fluenza-pneumonia is to this day still changing and fluctuating. 
It is a tedious broncho-pneumonia which is most generally viewed 
as an influenza-pneumonia. Also here in Stuttgart these lobular 
pneumonias predominated, while the croupous forms had become 
very rare. But in the last epidemy, here and elsewhere, the re- 
lation has somewhat changed. The clinical course, as well as the 
pathologico-anatomic image, show again a manifest approach to 
the croupous form, although there are still abundant shadings of 
the several phenomena of the disease. A few cases from prac- 
tice may present this more clearly. 

I. Mrs. P.. thirty-six vears of age. was taken sick on the even- 
ing of April ii, with violent stitches in the left half of the back 
and a strong inclination to cough. WTien I saw the patient next 
morning, I found besides the general phenomena of a violent in- 
fection, beginning in the region of the right rib. a manifest pleu- 
ritic friction, as also in the anterior side from the mammilar 
region downwards to the left border of the ribs. The patient 
complained quite loudly of the stitches, the cough had brought 
up but little indifferent sputa. Unusual was the course of the tem- 
perature on the first day, as it showed a decrease in the evening. 
Herpes labialis. 

April 12. During the night there had developed a distinct 
dulness of sound, with the respiration approaching the bronchial. 
In the course of the next day hepatization of whole of the left 
lung developed, with a continuance of violent pleuritic symptoms., 
especially on the left and in front. After several pseudo-crises, 
the temperature on the sixth day again mounted high., only to take 
a critical fall on the seventh day. The force of the heart had 
shown sign- of depression on the day preceding the critical solu- 
tion by a pulse that was frequently intermittent. The restoration 
to integritv was rapid and undisturbed. Therapy: Bryonia and 
Veratrum znr. 

II. The second case developed in a similar manner, only more 
briefly. I was called to the patient, who was forty-six years of 
age, on the morning of May 10. According to his statement he 
had been sick and feverish for two davs before. At mv first ex- 

Influenza Pneumonia. 33 

animation I found a dulness of sound extending all over the right 
lung, with bronchial respiration, the sputum being rust colored. 
etc. Morning temperature 103° F. In the course of this and 
the following days the temperature rose even to the critical alti- 
tude, to fall to 97 the next morning, with a copious respiration. 
The resolution ensued, as I supposed, on the fifth day. Thus there 
was also in this case an atypic relation of the temperature in spite 
of a croupous clinical and anatomic series of phenomena de- 
cidedly pronounced. Therapy: Phosphorus. 

TIT. The third case showed a course of temperature more in 
consonance with the usual typical process, in so far as the tem- 
perature remained at its height during the fully developed patho- 
logical anatomical phenomena. Herpes labialis. But. also, here 
•e a remission in the status incrementi and still more mani- 
fest was the irregularity in the dropping of the fever. Also in 
this case (that of a girl, nine years of age) there was a localiza- 
tion on the left side, with hepatization of the whole of the left 
lung. But the whole image of the disease was dominated by the 
pleuritic phenomena, which were of exceeding severity. The 
pains were incessant for days, and were localized according to trie 
Tittle patient (who showed great patience), in the upper region 
of the abdomen ; they increased by paroxysms, leading the be- 
holder almost to suppose that a part of the intestinal tract was 
undergoing a disease like colic. The abatement of the fever and 
the introduction to convalescence followed on the seventh day. 
Therapy: Kali chlora. pho. 

IV. In the fourth case the same peculiar variation in the 
pleuritic phenomena appeared only in an increased measure. On 
the evening of the twelfth of May I was called to see C. H.. a 
boy five years of age, who had been taken sick with vomiting and 
severe colic. On examination I found severe pleuritic friction on 
the left side anteriorly below, while according to the patient, they 
were localized in the region of the stomach. The respiration was 
anxious, in frequent short gasps. The patient vomited every- 
thing he partook of. and there had been one pappv stool. When 
the temperature decreased on the third day. all the phenomena, 
except some moderate pleuritic pains, were relieved, the vomiting 
had ceased, and the child next morning was sitting up smiling in 
his bed. taking his breakfast. In the evening there was a re- 

34 Influenza Pneumonia. 

newed rise in temperature, with a violent return of all the pains 
and symptoms in the stomach, at the same time there had de- 
veloped on the left side in the lower lobe of the lung a hepatiza- 
tion, with a changed bronchial respiration, which continued un- 
changed until the morning of the sixth day. But the rest of the 
image of the disease changed in the manner described above, two 
times more with a disappearance and return of the pleuritic and 
violent symptoms in the stomach. Therapy: Ipecacuanha. 

In observing the last two cases, I was vividly reminded of an 
address of our colleague, Goehrum, which he delivered in the 
Swiss' meeting last year on the theme of "Cramps in the 
Stomach" as a rare symptom of "pleuritis interlobaris serosa." 
The localization and the kind of pains in the cases of Goehrum 
and in my cases were exactly the same. Goehrum assumed as 
the cause in his cases, interlobary pleuritis. 

I would not venture to reduce my observation as to its cause 
to more than a suppositious interlobar pleuritis. For to delimit 
and establish by the side of the fully hepatized lung also an inter- 
lobar exudation through physical means, would remain a 
theoretical chef d'eeuvre. In the cases of Goehrum the circum- 
stances, indeed, were more simple, and I would not express any 
doubt as to the possibility of his diagnosis. Only in comparing 
these cases the thought entered my mind, whether in both cases 
there may not have been an accompanying pleurisy of the 
diaphragm. The radiation of the pains into the upper region of 
the abdomen may more easily be thus explained, than in inter- 
lobular pleurisy of the lower lobe and much more so than in su- 
perior lobular pleurisy. The dyspnoea in my cases, i. e. } the re- 
duction in the respiration, and the chopped manner of speaking 
were so pronounced, that it made it very probable that the dia- 
phragmatic part of the pleura was involved. It, therefore, seems 
to me to be justified for referring the rare symptoms of 
cramps in the stomach to a diaphragmatic pleurisy, the proof of 
which, indeed, is physically impossible under such circumstances, 
rather than to an accompanying interlobar inflammation. The 
physical diagnosis of diaphragmatic pleurisy is very indefinite 
even in uncomplicated cases. In an exudation which is at all 
copious, there is a zone of tympanitic sound above the base of the 
lungs, which corresponds to the exudation of the compressed lobe 

Influenza Pneumonia. 35 

of the lung. Clinically, we may observe a triad of sypmtoms, 
which cannot., however, be demonstrated in all cases. The first 
is the presence of a definite point of pain, the so-caled "bouton 
diaphragmatique de Usy;" it is the point of intersection of two 
lines, the one of which runs vertically, parallel to the outer border 
of the sternum., while the horizontal line is an imaginary con- 
tinuation of the tenth rib. The second symptom of diaphragmat- 
ic pleuritis appears quite early in the disease, and is a one-sided 
elevation of the diaphragm. The third sign is the so-called 
respiratory abdominal reflex, i. e. 3 jerking twitches of the mus- 
culus rectus abdominalis ; this develops at the height of respira- 
tion. I am sorry to say that I only became acquainted with these 
signs after my cases had been attended to and could not, there- 
fore, apply the test to my cases. 

Somewhat striking in my cases was the frequency with which 
the left lung was affected, while usually it is the right side which, 
by preference, is the seat of inflammations. I may not mistake 
in stating, that the character of the pneumonias caused by in- 
fluenza is gradually changing and that instead of the bronchial 
pneumonias, which used to be frequent, the lobar type is decid- 
edly becoming more numerous. 

The homoeopathic therapy of these affections, of course, con- 
forms to these symptomatic transformations. The literature, 
with respect to these changes, is extensive and well known, so 
that I need not waste your time in proving my brief therapeutic 
sctatements with any lengthy demonstrations. Translated from 
Allg. Horn. Zeit. 

Imagine the scene in a meeting of the American Institute of 
Homoeopathy or the American Medical Association, for that 
matter thirty years ago, if a member had extolled the subject of 
bacterial therapeutics. At that time, bacteriology and even pa- 
thology was a thing apart from medicine. The pathologist and 
bacteriologist were merely tolerated. Now the bacteriologist is 
coming into his own. Scarcely a meeting is held or a medical 
journal printed without some consideration of the application of 
bacteriology to therapeutics. Formerly the bacteriologist literally 
was our scullion. Now, he is our hero. Formerly, we believed 
nothing that he told us. Now we arc in danger of believing in- 
discriminately everything he tells us. — Laidlaw. 

36 Book Notices. 


A Text-Book of Practical Gynaecology. For Practi- 
tioners and Students. By D. Tod Gilliam, M. D., Emeritus 
Professor of Gynaecology in Starling" Ohio Medical College, 
and Sometime Professor of Gynaecology, Starling Medical ( '1 al- 
lege ; Gynaecologist to St. Anthony and St. Francis Hospitals ; 
Consulting Gynaecologist to Park View Sanitarium, Columbus, 
Ohio ; Fellow of the American Association of Obstetricians and 
Gynaecologists ; Member of the American Miedical Association, 
of the Ninth International Medical Congress, etc. Second Re- 
vised Edition. Illustrated with 350 Engravings, a Colored 
Frontispiece, and Thirteen Full-Page Half-Tone Plates. 642 
Royal Octavo Pages. Extra Cloth, $4.50. net; Half-Morocco, 
Gilt-Top, $6.00, net. Sold only by Substription. F. A. Davis 
Company, Publishers, 1914-16 Cherry Street, Philadelphia. 

Here is a book on gynaecology of 652 pages amply illustrated, 
thirteen plates, and 350 illustrations, with latest text, now in its 
second, revised edition. The author Bays, that to increase the bulk 
of the book, he has to eliminate certain portions so as to admit 
new matter. The press-work and paper are good and the whole 
book presents a neat appearance. It is, as will be seen from 
above title, sold by subscription only. 

Thomas Skinner M. D. A Biographical Sketch. 
By John H, Clarke. 93 pages. Cloth. London. Homoeo- 
pathic Publishing Co , 12 Warwick Lane, E. C. 1907. 

This is an interesting sketch of the life of a famous "high 
potency" homoeopath, from the pen of that able writer. Dr. John 
H. Clarke. It traces the career of Dr. Skinner from the days 
when he was associated with Dr. Simpson, on until he became a 
thorough homoeopath, but a staunch believer in the tremendous 
power over disease of the potentized. Here is a sentence from 
one of Dr. Skinner's papers, quoted by Dr. Clarke: "Such is my 

Book Notices. 

experience of the difference between the crude drug and a high 
potency of the same, especially when it is selected according to a 
mental or subjective characteristic, as in this case." ■ Through- 
out the book is a plea for the acknowledgment of the curative 
superiority of the potentized drug over the crude drug, or the 
extreme low potency. 

.dentally, there is one little fact stated in this book that may 
not be generally known. The reader, no doubt, has often read 
papers where the letters "F. C." are appended to the name of the 
remedy. F. C. stands for "fluxion centesimal," or potencies, run 
upon the Skinner Potentizer. 

The Illusions of Christian Science. Its Philosophy Rationally 
Explained. With an Appendix on Swedenborg and the Mental 
Healers. By John Whitehead. M. A.. Th. B. 2\j pages. 
Cloth. Si. oo. The Garden Press, 16 Arlington St.. Boston, 
Mass., 1907. 

The author of Illusions of Christian Science has gathered from 
Science and Health its teachings on the fundamental principles of 
the Christian religion. These teachings in Science and Health 
are scattered indiscriminately throughout the book, so that it is 
difficult, if not impossible without special study, to learn what 
Mrs. Eddy teaches on these subjects. The work before us serves 
a very useful purpose in making clear what the fundamental prin- 
ciples of Christian Science are. The subject is treated in a digni- 
fied manner and from the Xew Church 1 Swedenborgian^ point 
of view. Any one interested in this peculiar — shall we call it 
craze? — will find this book very interesting. 

The Elements of Homoeopathic Theory, Materia Medica, 
Practice and Pharmacy. Compiled and arranged from 

Homoeopathic Text-books, by Dr. F. A. Boericke and E. P. 
Anshutz. Second revised edition. 

This little work is divided into three sections — Generalities. 
Therapeutics, and Materia Medica. The method of presenting 
the facts of therapeutics is brief but ideal. It ought to be of 
great service, not alone to the student, but as a useful reminder 
to the practician. — Eclectic Medical Glea 

Homoeopathic Recorder. 



Address communications , books for review, exchanges, etc., for the editor, to 

E. P. ANSHUTZ, P. O. Box 921, Philadelphia, Pa. 


The Homoeopathic Recorder. — With this number the Re- 
corder enters on its twenty-third year of publication, ranking it 
among the older of the homoeopathic journals and, probably, the 
oldest under one management. 

We do not try to please, but to give the subscriber his dollar's 
worth during the year. Similarly, we do not try to offend. 

You cannot please everyone. What pleases one man often of- 
fends another. 

Every editor (saving a very few of the elect) must take what 
he can get. There isn't enough "copy" to enable all of them (the 
homoeopathic) to pick and choose, and, perhaps, it is well that such 
is the case, for otherwise each one would serve a monthly bill of 
fare of what he likes and involuntarily forgot that there are 

To edit a journal is to take a degree in what that arch Philis- 
tine, Elbert Hubbard, calls the University of Hard Knocks. 

The worst knocker is the polite gentleman who, in effect , writes : 

"I do not like you any more, therefore, please dis " needless 

to finish it. He is a terror compared with the man who hits you 
with a verbal bludgeon, hauls you over the coals, blows you up 

and concludes with, "Inclosed find my renewal' to <," etc. It 

is good and refreshing to receive such knocks, for it gives one the 
other point of view, something always useful. It is also very 
good to receive a pat on the back once in a while. 

The new editor always begins, "We want short, practical arti- 
cles," or ''Our pages are always open to short practical" papers. " 
Bless your heart, of course, they are. and to long ones, too, if you 
can get them. 

Editorial. 39 

The other day the Century man, he at Ann Arbor, counted up 
the number of original articles in his journal in a given time. He 
had almost distanced the others he named. The Recorder was 
not named. The 'Recorder man then counted up his original 
papers and found that Ann Arbor led by a close shave. 

We always are glad to see a new homoeopathic journal and 
mourn the demise of an old one. There should be many of them. 
The plan of the A. M. A. to have only one is not good. What the 
J. A. M., Chicago, thinks or wills, may be very good, but, again, 
there are others, and if they can get the floor let them shout. The 
wily reader wants the privilege of a choice. 

Hoping that old subscribers will remain, that many new ones 
will come in and that all will chip in a contribution now and then 
— they will have a big circle of readers — we remain 

The Homoeopathic Recorder 

The Old. Old Story — A contributor to the November Critic 
and Guide indulges in an old-time war whoop at Homoeopathy, 
and flourishes the rusty old tomahawk most vigorously. 

Listen to him. He refers to "Hahnemann's Dream-Book," but 
what book he thus wittily pillorizes is not stated ; probably he 
never read a line of Hahnemann's books and so has to turn to 
generalities. Here it is : 

"Now, Doctor, to be candid with you, we would rather believe 
that a toy pistol could demolish a thirteen-inch gun battery, that 
the flash light of the fire fly was more brilliant than the sun, that 
pop-corn could make the earth tremble more than an old fogy 
earthquake, that they could dig the Panama Canal with a feather, 
or that one drop of water, if well diluted, could move the bowels 
of the earth, than in the oyster shell cure.''' 

"Now, Doctor."' your acute mind can readily see that while the 
paragraph quoted most touchingly expresses his feeling in the 
matter, the feelings of the contributor to the Critic and Guide are 
neither evidence, argument nor science. Time was when the emi- 
nent scientists, "the immortals" of the French Academy, shook 
their fat sides with laughter and flashed their keen scientific wits 
in one poor wight who proposed to employ smooth rails on rail- 
roads and smooth driving wheels on locomotives. "Why," they 
explained between yells of scientific laughter, "we would as soon 

40 Editorial. 

believe that a pop-gun could demolish the Bastile," and so on. 
Later on they most reverently pointed (no doubt) to the smooth 
rail, etc., as an evidence of the giant strides their science had 

A certain Galileo once got into trouble for opposing the John 
Jasper scientists of his day. "Everyone but a lunatic could see that 
the sun 'do move !' " 

A poor devil of a doctor once announced that the blood cir- 
culated. Wow ! what a scientific hullabaloo ensued, but the time 
came when these soi disant scientists claimed this discovery as an 
evidence of their collective acumen. 

So it ever has been and, probably, ever will be. Homoeopathy 
will stand on its merits, or fall because it has none. It will not 
fall before the gibberings of men who assume to speak for science 
— horribly abused word. Wise men will adopt it, while — the 
others will not. 

Write ox One Side of the Paper Only. — One would think 
that this request to contributors had been dinned in the ears of 
writers long enough for everyone to know all about it by this 
time ; such, however, is not the case, and papers continue to ar- 
rive, not only written on both sides, but with the lines crowded 
so closely together as to be almost illegible. We want your con- 
tributions and it may be ungracious to complain of the style in 
which some of them are gotten up. but it is just as easy — easier 
— to get them up right as not. 

Ax Humble Suggestiox. — 'Whenever you see an article in a 
homoeopathic journal on some of the new procedures of modern 
medicine, which begins with profuse protestations of the ''rock- 
ribbed'' truth of Homoeopathy you. the wise old owl, may wager 
your boots that before the article is finished Homoeopathy will' 
be torn to tatters and scattered to the four winds. And yet. 
though thus demolished, Homoeopathy serenely goes its healing 
way, while the new comer lives its brief day and then is heard no 

"Out brief candle !" 

Verbexa Hastata in Epilepsy. — Dr. J. M. French, of ]vlil- 

Editorial. 4 1 

ford, Mass.. in a paper in Medical World for December, claims 
that in his hands Verbena hastata in material doses has proved to 
be effective in cases of epilepsy where the bromides (as usual) 
had miserably failed. He used tablets, beginning with one and 
increasing to six, three times a day. Tincture tablets could be 
used or the mother tincture itself. 

Disrespectful. — A disrespectful and jeering doctor recently 
said of a certain State Medical Examining Board that it was 
"dollars to doughnuts that not one of the members could pass the 
examinations dished up for the friendless recent graduate." Of 
what practical use is it for a young man to cram his head full of 
stuff that will be of no earthly use to him in daily practice. Yet 
they must cram in order to pass an examination dug out of text- 
books. The ideal method would be to shut up the Board and the 
"class/' with nary a text-book available and make each examiner 
frame a given question and write its answer "out of his own 
head." The answers would be, probably, of a Dolly Varden char- 
acter, for each examiner would probably have a different answer 
and the student would have a picnic. 

Is a man a better doctor because he can name offhand every 
bone in the body. Nay, probably a worse one. for he has 
neglected, most likely, the common things a doctor should know 
in the sickroom, which is the real examining board, the court of 
final appeal. 

Those "Mighty StridesI/' — Hardly has the field been covered 
with serums (at so much per) and comfortable incomes accruing 
when with its seven league boots well greased, science (the so- 
called brand) makes another mighty stride, and behold the 
"opsonins." These are prepared from certain germs in the blood 
by means of cultures, and when ready are injected into the blood 
and that's about all the "opsonin" doctor has to do. Rest assured, 
reader, that when these opsonins go out of fashion there will be 
something else to take their place and taunt Homoeopathy for 
being out of date and very unscientific. First we had tuberculin 
and its kind, these were pushed aside by the serum family, and 
these are about due to go, for does not "progress" mean to ad- 
vance, hence this year's therapeutic means must be kicked out by 
next year's. Let the merry dance go on ! 

42 Editorial. 

What Is the Difference? — You can advertise (if you have 
the money to pay the bills) Bombastocine. Takeminine, Assinine 
or any other "in" or "ine" as a cure for croup, diphtheria, grippe, 
tuberculosis, or what not, in medical journals, just as Dr. Pierce, 
Professor Munyon, Mr. Hood, Lydia Pinkham and the rest of the 
bunch advertise their wares as cures for many or all ills ; the dif- 
ference is that the advertisement in the medical journal is said to 
be ethical, while the others, in the secular press, are outlaws. But 
what is the difference between the two? Both print testimonials 
and both claim pretty much everything for their wares. The 
doctor does not know what his particular "in" is beyond what the 
advertiser tells him. neither does the layman, though both classes 
of advertisers made a bluff at telling the buyer what the goods 

Both classes are scientific — according to their proprietors. 

Compare all this beating of tom-toms with what you meet in 
Homoeopathy and ask yourself which is really scientific. 

Good Enough in His Day. — Dr. W. C. Abbott, of Chicago 
alkaloidal?), contributes a paper to the November American 
Physician on things in general pertaining to Homoeopathy. ''The 
work of Hjahnemann and his immediate followers was done at a 
time when the influence of suggestion was not appreciated," the 
innuendo being that the cures performed by means of homoeo- 
pathic medicine were the result of suggestion. So says Mother 
Eddy, and on this she and Dr. Abbott can shake hands. How a 
hen, a horse, a cow, or a dog, to say nothing of infants, can be 
influenced by suggestion is not at present known, but, of course, 
future investigation may throw light on the subject; at present 
the fact stands out that the animals, fowls and babies have been 
wonderfully aided by homoeopathic medication — or suggestion. 
Dr. Abbott writes many things, one is that Hahnemann conducted 
his investigation with "old crude drugs ;" wherein these differ 
from the modern crude drug of the same species is not made ap- 
parent, but alkaloids are remotely "suggested" as being an im- 
provement on the "old crude drugs." And there is the coon in 
this wood pile of Abbott's ! 

"Whatever be the therapeutic law in operation," writes Dr. 
Abbott, "no results that are definite and conclusive can be based 
upon agents that are indefinite and variable." Very true ! And 

Editorial 43 

as homoeopathic drugs when indicated always act they must be 
definite and invariable. Deaths must occur under any system of 
medicine (even the "alkaloidal"), but under the homoeopathic the 
percentage of recoveries is greater than under any other, the 
duration of illness and the after condition of the patient far better. 
Finally, who can say that the alkaloids are like the laws of the 
IVDedes and Persians ? They are, at least, bully money makers for 
those who know how to exploit them. 

California Olive Oil. — The California growers of olives and 
makers of olive oil are a very progressive and aggressive set of 
men, and their industry is to be commended. Sometimes, how- 
ever, they go to what seems to be absurd lengths in making state- 
ments that are not only untrue but ridiculous. Here is one of 
them from a pamphlet issued by one of the California olive oil 
companies : "Imported olive is a dangerous thing to use." State- 
ments like this will re-act on the California men to their hurt. It 
is a matter of fact that you cannot have an adulterated olive oil 
pass the Custom House as olive oil. On the other hand, you can 
buy a pure olive oil from the importers, adulterate it as you please 
and label it "pure olive oil," just as you can with California oil. 
In the matter of quality we can truthfully state that the finest im- 
ported olive oil compares with the finest California oil somewhat 
as a fine cabinet Rhine wine compares with the California prod- 
uct, which sells at 25 cents a gallon wholesale ; the latter is pure, 
but when compared with the former is raw and crude. 

We were recently shown a bottle of what was sold for the very 
best California olive oil; it had turned rancid in three months. 
The best grade of imported olive oil will keep sweet and retain its 
delicate flavor for three or four years. It is just as in wine; a 
really fine wine improves with age, while a raw, crude article will 
turn sour, though it be pure wine. 

Another point. We were recently shown two bottles of a lead- 
ing make of California olive oil — one was sold for a quart of 
olive oil, the other for a pint. A standard quart bottle was pro- 
cured, and the California quart was poured into it; when all was 
in the standard quart bottle was two-thirds full. Same with the 
pint, yet both were sold for a full quart and a full pint. If you 
doubt this try it. 

Understand, gentle reader, that we are not hostile to the Cali- 

44 Editorial. 

fornia olive oil industry, but wish it continued and great pros- 
perity. That prosperity, however, will be retarded by maligning 
a better article instead of learning how to equal it. Would also 
suggest that it is, in the long run, bad business policy to sell two- 
thirds of a quart for a quart. We admit that these bottles are 
not labelled "quarts" or "pints," but they are sold for quarts and 
pints, though, of course, this may not be the fault of the growers. 

Diagnosis. — Dr. Herman Hawkins contributes an interesting 
paper to the November number of the Medical Summary on the 
errors made by physicians in diagnosis, or, rather, lack of diagno- 
sis. One peculiar case was as folow s : 

"I know a physician who tested a single unfiltered specimen of 
his own urine with heat and acid, found albumin or thought he 
did, and promptly went- into a decline because of the mental im- 
pression produced. It has required two years of time and re- 
peated tests by several laboratory experts to convince him of the 
error of his diagnosis." 

The Eddyites could, and rightly, make great capital out of this. 
When. the man was convinced that the albumin existed in his 
mind only the trouble was over. But the other side of the shield 
— suppose the albumin, and all it stands for, had been present? 
Believing that it was not present when it was present would not 
have changed matters. It is only in such cases as related by Dr. 
Hawkins that the Eddyites can perform their "miracles." 

The sum of the whole matter is that physicians should pay 
more attention to this branch of medicine and should get the 
latest and best book on the subject; that book unquestionably is 
Bartlett s Diagnosis. It is a mighty help in any office. 

Advice to Medical Students. — Dr. Willis G. Tucker, of the 
Albany, N. Y., Medical College, gave the following advice to the 
students in his anual address : 

"I beg you to listen to me when I say that you can make no 
greater mistake at the outset in your course than to attempt to 
inject into the medical school any of the boyish frivolities or 
foolish customs that obtain and that may even be encouraged in 
high schools and colleges. Put all such things behind you for 
they have no place here. If you have not 'been to college' do 
not, I beg of you, suppose that the medical school in some way is 

Editorial. 45 

to supply an imaginary lack. Don't call yourself a 'freshman.' 
We have no 'freshman' here. Don't do the foolish things that 
many college students do because you are in a 'college.' ' 
Excellent advice, but will they follow it ? 

Internal Vaccination. — The Hahnemannian Monthly for 
November has an editorial to which is subjoined a letter on the 
subject. The Hahnemannian very properly commends the In- 
stitute for voting down a resolution endorsing this method of 
vaccination, when "the status of internal vaccination has not yet 
been determined;" but per contra, the Institute does not seem to 
have taken any steps to investigate this matter, which is not a 
trivial one. 

Dr. Slocumb's letter appended to the editorial relates how he 
as health officer at Brighton, Colorado, was almost daily ex- 
posed to small-pox, and as a preventive took a dose after each 
exposure of Vaccininum, but for all that contracted the disease, 
not severely, but was in the pest-house for twelve days in con- 
sequence. To some this may not seem like a very strong argu- 
ment, owing to the literal fact that hundreds of thousands who 
have been vaccinated by scarification have contracted the disease 
and large numbers of these have died of it. But we did not 
start out to defend any special form of vaccination, but to explain 
the different substances used in internal vaccination. 

Vaccininum is the vaccine virus, used in scarification, triturated 
up to the 6x in sugar of milk and then run up in the usual man- 
ner to the 30th centesimal potency. This is what Dr. Moore used. 

Variolinum is the contents of small-pox pustule treated in the 
same manner. This is the remedy that Dr. A. M. Linn used so 
successfully in Des Moines, la., and which the Supreme Court of 
that State decided was a legal vaccination. 

Malandrinum is the "horse grease" treated in the same manner 
as the two preceding nosodes. This is the substance, or virus, 
that Jenner said was the origin of cow-pox, being transferred 
from the horse to the cow by the milkers. 

These are the three nosodes used in "internal vaccination." but 
only Variolinum has legal sanction; Malandrinum has many ad- 
vocates; so has Vaccininum, but as the latter is a rather variable 
substance — owing to maker or cow — it is the most doubtful one 
of the three. 

A Suit for Damages. — A St. Louis proprietory factory has 

46 Editorial. 

brought suit against a Memphis doctor for damages. They aver 
that : 

"Complainant respectfully shows unto your honor that it has 
expended a large sum of money for its formulae and for the 
compounding and preparation of the same, and by strict, pro- 
gressive business methods, conforming in every particular to the 
ethics of such business, it has spent and is spending a large sum 
of money in the legitimate advertising of its preparations, and as 
a result it has a patronizing territority, covering all of the South- 
ern States, and indeed all of the United States and territories and 
many foreign countries. It has built up and is enjoying a large 
and lucrative business throughout the said territory." 

As Mr. Squeers would say "here's richness !" The com- 
plainants aver that they have spent large sums of money on their 
affairs and in advertising same according "to the ethics of such 
business," consequently they feel, as shown subsequently, no 
mere doctor has the right to butt in and spoil that business, which 
is conducted strictly in accordance with the "ethics" of the pro- 
prietory, alias, patent medicine business. This may be a shrewd 
stroke for free advertising, or it may be that the medicine men 
really feel that they have a grievance worthy of damages, though 
whether they can collect, assuming that they get judgment, is 
quite another question. 

The shrewd patent medicine man calmly ignores doctors, medi- 
cal journals, Collier's Weeklies and the like, for these are all as 
ephemeral as the morning glories, while his dope, if advertised, 
goes on while honest doctors rage in vain. For as the man in a 
recent play, the man who fixed up a hidden barrel full of water 
and old boots and other refuse and piped it down to his hotel 
where the public eagerly drank it. and the viler it was the louder 
they lauded it — the man in the play said "De bublic be such 

d n fools." Of course, it was only in the play this was said ; 

let that be distinctly understood — only the man in the play said 

A New Union. — The press dispatches announce that the 
doctors of Boston have formed a "trade union" and advanced 
their scale 25 per cent. It is to be hoped that affairs will not 
come the pass depicted in Dr. W. Harvey King's clever book- 
let, Medical Union 66, or that the members of the new union will 
not be prohibited from charging more than the scale as is done in 
sure enough trades union. 

General Items. 


Dr. A. A. Stowell, Lawrence, Mass., has op ■>. ', an office at 
448 Main St., Fitchburg, Mass. 

Dr. J. J. Lawrence has sold out his Media:' .. vef, after thirty- 
five years' work as its editor, and will ret'.,: from all business. 
Henry R. Strong is his successor. 

The students of Ann Arbor have o.^anized the Samuel A. 
Jones Medical Society of the Univer _ty of Michigan. If they 
follow his writings they will be so\:id physicians and homoeo- 
paths to boot. 

B. & T. received commendation for their "Jottings" from far 
off Japan, and, incidentally, an order for Gregg's Consumption. 

The address of Dr. J. W. Dowling, Secretary of the Faculty of 
the New York Homoeopathic Medical College, is now at the Col- 
lege, 63d street and avenue A, New York City. Attention is 
called to the change of the College's advertisement on last cover 
page of this issue of the Recorder. 

The following is an extract from a letter received by Messrs. 
Boericke & Tafel, 145 Grand St., New York. There seems to be 
something in this treatment: "Will you please send me two bot- 
tles of your Phytolacca Berry Tablets. Since my husband has 
been taking them he has not much reduced in flesh as yet, but he 
finds he can handle himself so much better than he did. Before 
he took them it was almost impossible to get down to unlace his 
shoes, now he thinks nothing of putting his foot across his knee ; 
it also has helped his short breath. He could not hurry up or 
down stairs without being out of breath, and he is so much better 
that way that I do not worry for fear he will drop dead without 
warning, so we are going to give them a good trial. You will 
find inclosed," etc., etc. All this is a confirmation of what Dr. W. 
M. Griffith wrote concerning the phytolacca berry treatment over 
fifteen years ago. 

Please note change in the card of the excellent Bovinine Co. 
this month. 

We have received a newspaper clipping announcing the death 
of Dr. Joseph A. Bigler, Rochester, N. Y., at his late residence, 
60 Clinton avenue, South. Dr. Bigler was a graduate of the 
University of Pennsylvania, '57, but a sound and successful prac- 
titioner of Homoeopathy for many years. 


What is the specific difference between a "specific tincture and the ordi- 
nary fluid extract?" 

No, Mary, a muffler will not subdue a loud suit of clothes. 

An honestly made fresh plant mother tincture is the best tincture phar- 
macy can produce. 

Men give a silent sigh of relief when the dreary drool of the whistler 

The postage stamp has the gift of sticking to one thing. 

Jokes at the expense of the medical profession are musty and in bad 

Airs. Eddy ought to write a book on How to Succeed. 

If every one paid his small bills hard times would vanish. But every 
one won't. 

"Next train at 6." "I'll take it if you will say 5:48," said the "bargain" 
hunter, absent mindedly. 

An "esteemed" tells us that Methuselah "never had a cold." Wonder 
how he found it out. 

A baker kneads dough ; so do many others. 

When a man goes South for the winter he generally finds it. 

"You can always tell an Englishman," said a friend. "Yes, but it is 
useless," replied George Ade. 

"A sausage," remarked the funny man on the stage, "is a Elamburger 
steak in tights." 

The Romans said that only "kings and fools could do as they pleased.'' 

The use of pure olive oil is more than a passing fad, it steadily grows as 
its merits become more generally known. 

If we thought it would do any good we would ask our readers to write: 
"My experience with olive oil." Why not? 

A Sunday newspaper rebuking Sabbath violators causes the average man 
to smile. 

You may eat bran bread; you may go well fed, but the undertaker gets 
you just the same. 

The average memory is a lumber room where you cannot find what you 
seek. — Rusk in. 

"Knowldege," says Ruskin. "is a mental food ;" but it is so often highly 
spiced as to produce mental dyspepsia. 

The man who is pleasant without being effusive or fawning has struck 
the key-note of an easy life. 

Drinkers and tobacco users possess, at least, the merit of meekness*— 
they are railed at but never offer any defense. 

If corsets were abolished the gynaecologist would have lean pickings. 

Why, oh, why. sell thy stocks, O Financial Agent, at a song, when you 
know they are rich beyond the dreams of avarice? 

"Millions of mouths look to the trusts for food." said that genial Con- 
gressman and Irishman, Bourke Cockran. 


Homeopathic Recorder. 

Vol. XXIII. Lancaster, Pa., February, 1908 No. 2 


Dr. William Hanna Thompson contributes a very interesting 
paper to a recent issue of Everybody's Magazine on the much 
talked about work done by scientific medicine, as it is universally 

Laveran, a French surgeon in Algiers, in the year 1880, "dem- 
onstrated that malarial fever is caused by an animalcule that eats 
up our red blood corpuscles." How these animalculse get there 
remained unknown until it was further demonstrated "that there 
is no such thing as malaria in the sense of a bad air, but that the 
disease is due solely to a hypodermic injection, by a mosquito, of 
a dose of micro-organism. There are, therefore, no unhealthy 
places nor climate, as such, but localities instead which medical 
science can make as salubrious as any, by disinfection." 

"The Pontine marshes in Italy had always been celebrated for 
malaria, and so some of the local insects there with handsome 
spots on their wings were caught by Italian savants and sent to a 
convent in the Appenines, whose inmates never had malaria. 
When the mosquitoes were let loose there upon some men. 
straightway the men had ague." Likewise a lot of these mos- 
quitoes were sent to London, where also they produced cases of 
malaria in those they bit. Then a commission of English doctors 
camped in those deadly marshes for a year, but keeping well 
screened from the mosquitoes, did not contract the malaria. Es- 
sentially the same experience was gone through with yellow fever, 
which was similarly and seemingly proved to be caused by mos- 
quito bites. All this leads Dr. Thompson to assert that "there is 

50 Homoeopathy and Scientific Medicine. 

no miasm." He also realizes that even this seemingly conclusive 
demonstration runs him up against a stone wall, "which, however, 
was the first to harbor these sickening things, is like the old ques- 
tion whether the egg preceded the hen or the hen the egg." 

As the matter now stands the mosquito sucks the animalcule 
from the body of some one down with malaria or yellow fever, 
and conveys it to another man, and so on, an endless chain. 

All this does not by any means conclusively prove that mos- 
quitoes are the cause of malaria and yellow fever, though it 
does prove that these insects may be the means of conveying them. 
There is also room for doubt that the animalculae said to be the 
real cause of malaria are the cause at all, even though they be 
always present in every case. (Are they?) 

There are well authenticated cases where malaria has raged in 
mid-winter where extensive excavations have been made. There 
were no mosquitoes about, nor had been for weeks. It looked 
very much like an epidemic of malaria caused by the now re- 
jected miasm. If the animalculae were also present in these cases 
then it seems that these are caused by the action of the miasm on 
the blood, doesn't it? 

There are great regions in the south where malaria was always 
more or less in evidence. Finally, with no thought of ridding the 
country of malaria, driven wells came into use for the sake of 
getting pure drinking water. Where this was used malaria dis- 
appeared, though there were as many mosquitoes present as ever. 
This seems to disprove the mosquito theory, and also that of 
miasm, and put the cause of the disease on the water used, this, or 
back of all these is an undiscovered cause. Science has been do- 
ing some good work in looking into some of the means by which 
disease may be conveyed, but the cause remains a closed door. 
Considering the fact that malaria is generally found in hot coun- 
tries where vegetation is rank, or follows the upturning of new 
soil, it looks as though the old idea that it is the result of decay- 
ing vegetation is about as good as any. 

That mosquitoes can convey yellow fever has been demon- 
strated, but that they are the cause of the disease is open to very 
great doubt. During the late Civil War in the United States, 
after New Orleans had been captured, it was found that yellow 
fever was very prevalent there. General Butler had the city 
thoroughlv cleaned' up and the fever disappeared. So the old 

Homoeopathy and Scientific Medicine. 51 

notion that yellow fever comes from a combination of tilth, crowd- 
ing and hot weather, seems still as tenable as any other theory. 

One of the real triumphs of modern medicine occurred at 
Bellevue Hospital. Xew York. A resolution was passed discon- 
tinuing all amputations at that hospital because they were always 
followed by death, while at the modern hospitals the operation 
was uniformly successful. When the wards were rebuilt it was 
found that operations could be performed at Bellevue as suc- 
cessfully as at any other hospital. The cause of this was known 
to the ancients, as Dr. Thompson points out. as in the book of 
Leviticus, where the plastering on the walls of a house occupied 
by a leper is ordered to be burned. 

For years what is known as Malta, or Mediterranean, fever has 
been known, and thousands have suffered or died from its effects. 
In 1905 the British Government sent a commission to investigate 
the matter, and it was found that the cause was a bacterium 
found in the goat's milk used there. Condensed milk was sub- 
stituted in the British garrison and the fever at once ceased. 

Similarly it was found that the so-called Texas fever afflicting 
cattle originated in a bacteria found in a certain district in Kan- 
sas. Some of these parasites were sent to various parts of the 
country and healthy cattle infected with them ; Texas fever fol- 
lowed in every instance. When this district was avoided the 
fever ceased. 

Very many other instances oi the invaluable work accom- 
plished in these directions might be cited, but they are mostly 
familiar to all. The money spent in forwarding this class of 
work is well spent, none better, as witness the marvelous things 
■accomplished by the Japanese Medical Corps in the war between 
that country and Russia ; it was a revelation to even the best 
medically equipped armies. 

But while modern medicine has done so much in the preven- 
tion of disease, preventive medicine, what of curative medicine" 
Here assurance and certainty ceases and confusion and uncer- 
tainty reigns. It can do much to prevent cholera, yellow fever 
and the like, but when cases do occur, which seems inevitable, it 
can do practically nothing but intelligently nurse and feed the 
case. Here is where Homoeopathy rightfully has its place as the 
mceopathy has been as brilliantly successful in curing as modern 
twin and elder sister of what we call modern medicine. Ho- 

52 Baptisia — Pyrogenium. 

medicine has in preventing diseases of microbic origin, such as 
Asiatic cholera, yellow fever, malaria and others. The fact of the 
power of Homoeopathy and of its existence is beginning to be 
acknowledged by the real thinkers in medicine in Germany and 
France, but the great rank and file stand hostile or indifferent. 
Yet the day will come, must come, when Homoeopathy will take 
its place as the peer of preventive medicine. Men will not 
forever let prejudice debar them from a means by which they 
may be restored to health. 

The exceedingly great power of the similimum over disease, 
great though acting so mildly, is one obstacle to the more uni- 
versal acknowledgment of its truth. A man is "hopelessly" ill. 
The similimum promptly cures him. The man rubs his eyes and 
thinks the doctors who pronounced the case hopeless were mis- 
taken. "Nothing much ailed me." The doctors shrug their 
shoulders and say, "Mistaken diagnosis." 

In an age of enlightenment this cannot last forever. 

By C. M. Boger, M. D. 

The Baptisia patient shows that he is laboring under the in- 
fluence of an intense and rapidly acting, systemic infection, which 
exalts and then depresses the sensibilities, ending by disorganiz- 
ing the blood. The trend of the Baptisia sickness is toward a 
typhoid state. It moves toward malignancy with a rapid pace, 
and is peculiarly suitable for sicknesses which quickly prostrate 
the patient ; grippe, typhoid fever, fulminating fevers and ma- 
lignant diphtheria are good examples. 

The stage of excitement is ushered in by chills going up and 
down the back alternating with an intense, burning heat of the 
whole body, except the feet, which are cold.* The heat is so dis- 
tressing that the victim instinctively seeks a cool place in the bed 
or goes to the open window for relief ; even the air of the room 
seems hot and oppressive. At the same time a peculiar, general, 
bruised, muscular soreness comes on and causes restlessness, the 
softest bed seems too hard, it even extends to the eyeballs, they 
turn red, feel bruised and pain when moved. 

*Notes of lectures delivered at Pulte Medical College. 

Baptisia — Pyrogenium. 53 

After awhile the fever becomes continuous, causing the face to 
flush a purplish red, and it looks and feels besotted. At first this 
only amounts to an undefined wild feeling', but very soon passes 
into a wandering delirium in which the victim laboriously gathers 
together various imaginary, scattered objects or has illusions that 
parts of his body are too large or are separated from the rest, and 
he vainly tries to replace them. Sometimes this sense of duality 
is uppermost, and he imagines his body or a part thereof to be 
double. (Anac, Lack., Phos., Stram.) 

In fully developed cases, the temperature runs high, prostration 
increases, the delirium passes into stupor, and fetor begins to 
show itself. Probably the earliest sign of this is the filthy taste 
of which the patient complains, but bleeding from the nose or 
gums soon follows, and a little later the mouth is filled with 
offensive, tenacious mucus, a brown stripe forms down the center 
of the tongue {Am., Phos., Verat. i'ir.), and sordes are seen on 
the teeth. 

Great fetor is one of the ear-marks of decomposition as well 
as a great indicator for Baptisia. Xot only is there a bad odor 
from the mouth, but the stool smells putrid, and the whole body 
emits an unwholesome emanation. It encourages putrid de- 
composition whatever the disease may be. The menstrual blood 
is chocolate brown and offensive (Bry.). 

The purplish hue of the face is part and parcel of what may be 
seen elsewhere. Under certain circumstances the mucous mem- 
brane looks dark, at other times fleeting, livid discolorations are 
seen in various parts of the skin. 

Most of the pains are of an aching, bruised character, and are 
more intense in the occiput and along the back ; on the other hand, 
perversions of sensation are more marked in the extremities. 
This is particularly true of the early stages of acute disease ; when 
they become well established Baptisia cases are very apt to tend 
toward insensibility and painlessness ( Opium) combined with 
sluggish mental operations or stupor. Painless, blue ulcers 
{Opium ) . 

It has developed pains in the region of the gall bladder very 
similar to those of Leptandra and Dioscorea. Other things be- 
ing equal, we should prefer it to the latter when symptoms of 
biliary intoxication appear. 

In rachialgic pains it should be compared with Phytolacca and 

54 Baptisia — Pyrogenium. 

Baptisia, Aconite or Veratrum viride are sometimes used 
merely to reduce very high temperatures. This is not strictly 
homoeopathic, although it may occasionally be useful. 


The Pyrogen in general use in this country was prepared from 
septic pus by the late Dr. Swan, and proved in the highest poten- 
cies by Dr. Sherbino, who, because of having had blood poisoning 
twenty-seven years before, was evidently highly sensitive to its 

It can not be too strongly emphasized that finer drug effects are 
developed late and as rare symptoms in the ordinary prover or 
appear with great distinctness in sensitives. Because a number of 
provers obtain but few or unimportant manifestations simply 
shows their relative imperviousness. 

With Pyrogen it is now possible to make direct cures of cases 
which were formerly cured in a roundabout way with Eupa- 
torium, Arnica and Rhus tox. or Arsenicum, by treating first one 
group of symptoms and then another. Its pathogenetic action 
greatly resembles that of the combined characteristics of these 
remedies in that it causes an aching in the bones as if they would 
break, bruised soreness of the flesh and restlessness ; picturing a 
blood infection in which the pulse soon becomes accelerated out 
of all proportion to the height of the temperature or the severity 
of the other symptoms. The heart seems to feel the brunt of the 
attack, and its action is greatly increased. 

Cases of sickness showing such a disproportion in the pulse 
rate are not necessarily recent, but they are always serious. Acute 
diseases, in constitutions already enfeebled by some previous 
blood poisoning process, are apt to present such features. It is 
then usually necessary to antidote the effects of the older infection 
with Lachesis, Pyrogen, etc., before the best progress can be made 
with a later disease. 

The Pyrogen patient is sensitive to cold to quite a degree ; un- 
covering or putting the hand from under the cover makes the pa- 
tient worse or causes sneezing. This distinguishes it from Lach- 
esis and compels comparison with Hepar, Nux vomica and Rhus 

The resemblance to Rhus tox. is often verv close, both have an 

Clinical Cases From the Orient. 55 

impulse to move because the bed feels too hard, laborious dreams 
of business and relief in the act of motion, but the Rhus case is 
distinctly worse in the after part of the night, and is very likely 
to have a history of having been wet. 

A few doses of Pyrogen in a high potency is a favorite prescrip- 
tion with many practitioners upon seeing the very first signs of 
puerperal infection, and the results are good. In auto-infection 
it is among the first remedies to be thought of, unless some other 
is well indicated. The kidney symptoms are worthy of notice. 
The urine deposits a red, adherent sediment or one looking like 
red pepper. It has cured several cases of Bright's disease, at least 
one of which followed the absorption of pus. 

It causes a sensation as if the nails would fly off (Apis), and it 
is probably more than an interesting coincidence that nearly all of 
the remedies which have falling off of the nails also stand in the 
front rank in Bright's disease. 

In puerperal infections it should be carefully differentiated 
from Rhus toxicodendron, which is best suited to advanced cases 
when the tongue becomes red and dry at the tip, the restlessness 
is worse after midnight, and the mind is no longer properly alert 
to the situation. In such cases a tenacious adherence to Rhus 
will bring the best resulfs. 


A Case of Dysentery. 

By K. L. Gupta, M. D. 

In the evening of the 23d of July, 1906, I was called in to see a 
widow lady aged about twenty. I learned that she had passed not 
less than thirty stools of bloody mucus during the previous night 
and the morning following. She had much tenesmus during and 
after stool. The thirst was almost absent. The thermometer in- 
dicated the temperature of the body to be 102.4 . There was no 
tenesmus vesicae. She got four doses of Merc. sol. 6c. that night. 
The following morning she was no better. On the other hand, in 
addition to the troubles stated above, she complained of a feeling 
of excoriation about the anus. That night she had passed forty- 
five bloody stools. 

56 Clinical Cases From the Orient. 

Finding that the case improved not in the least, I changed the 
medicine, and prescribed Sulphur 30th, she having received only 
two doses of the remedy. The following morning I found her 
state as bad as before, she having passed nearly seventy stools 
during the last twenty-four hours. That morning I found the 
stools, which she had passed during the preceding night, con- 
sisted of nothing but thick, white pus, the quantity being not less 
than a pound. I was also given to understand that in the morn- 
ing the mucopurulent stools alternated with offensive, bloody 
stools containing small black balls of hard faeces. The high tem- 
perature of the body still persisted. The patient then began to 
complain of intolerable lancinating pain in the intestines. On 
palpation I found the whole of the transverse colon hard and ex- 
tremely sore to touch. She also complained of burning in soles 
and palms. All the above symptoms clearly pointed to Sulphur. 
But as Sulphur had already been used in the 30th potency with no 
effect whatever, I hesitated to prescribe it again. But finding no 
other remedy to fit the case so well I determined to try Sulphur 
high. So Sulphur was exhibited in the 200th potency. The 
effect was magical. The next morning I found the fever was 
gone, and was given to understand that all the complaints had 
gradually disappeared, and that she was feeling hungry. She had 
passed only ten stools during the last twenty-four hours, the last 
one or two of them being bilious, and having not the least trace 
either of blood or pus. 

It must be mentioned here that the application of a hot poultice 
of the husks of wheat on the abdomen had been recommended at 
the time when the pain in the abdomen became intolerable. 

Camphor in Colic. 

On the 17th of June, 1906, I went to a widowed lady, nearly 
sixty years old, who had been suffering from a violent colic for 
the last three hours. She had taken Halna (a preparation of 
flour and clarified butter) the preceding night, the following day 
being the eleventh day of the moon, which is strictly observed for 
fasting by the Hindu widows. I found the old lady almost mad 
with the pain, which she seemed to locate under the hypochondria. 
I learned that she had had four or five purgings and vomitings in 
the morning. But the purging and vomiting had entirely stopped 
for the last four or five hours. She also had passed no urine dur- 

Clinical Cases From the Orient. 57 

ing all this time. First I prescribed Pulsatilla 30th, then Aconite 
ix, but to no effect. I was informed that the colic was rather in- 
creasing. I was again called in, and on examination I found no 
distention of the abdomen. But the pulse was very weak. The 
extremities were cold. She also complained of burning within, 
although external coldness made her feel chilly. She was found 
rolling on the floor. I prescribed spirit camphor in drop doses, 
and gave only three doses of it. Within half an hour after the 
exhibition of the first dose she passed urine and the colic had 
almost subsided before the repetition of the dose, which was given 
an hour and a half later. The second dose cured her completely 
of the colic. 

Nyctanthes in Fever. "Nothing Ailed Him." 

In January, 1906, Babu D., aged about forty-five, and belong- 
ing to a high aristocratic family, came under my treatment for an 
acute attack of bilious fever. Although the man himself had no 
faith in Homoeopathy, I was called in by his relatives, who had 
much faith in the method of treatment of the new school. It was 
nearly 8:30 P. M. when I first saw him. Finding the two-fold 
task of curing the patient of a noble family and of convincing a 
skeptic in the efficiency of the dynamic remedies, I sat down to 
study up the case most carefully. Learning that his son-in-law, 
who was a civil surgeon, practicing in Calcutta, was to be sent a 
telegram to come and take up the case, I determined to make the 
man all right before the arrival of his son-in-law. His condition 
was as follows : There was marked anxiety and restlessness about 
his person. A continuous moaning seemed to indicate some in- 
describable pain within. He had intense thirst. But the water 
was thrown up sometimes after it was taken. He was troubled 
very much with nausea and vomiting. There was a thick, furred, 
white coating on the tongue. The liver was much congested. 
The temperature of the body was 103.4 . The bowels were also 
constipated. Sweat was totally absent since he had had the at- 
tack, even when the fever abated. Intense frontal headache was 
present. He told me that the first thing that I must do for him 
was to stop his nausea and vomiting. He also wanted to have his 
bowels moved, and for which he had already taken an indigenous 
purgative, but without effect. I at first gave him a dose of Sul- 

58 A Medical Cyclone. 

phur in the 30th potency, which moved his bowels once. Three 
hours after the exhibition of Sulphur the temperature was found 
to be 103 . I then prescribed a few drops of Nyctanthis ix in a 
cupful of water, and ordered a teaspoonful of it to be taken when 
there was tendency to vomiting. The next day at about 2 P. M. I 
was requested by his relatives to come and see the patient at once, 
as he had long been sleeping, which they suspected to be a coma. 
When I got to the patient he was awake, and said that he had a 
very refreshing, sound sleep for the last three hours. The fever 
was gone and he was perspiring profusely from head to foot. 

It is really amusing to state what happened when the doctor 
son-in-law made his appearance next evening to see his father-in- 
law quite at ease on the sofa. The only remark which he made 
and which I think worth mentioning is that there had been noth- 
ing serious with him. He said that the patient most probably had 
been a little feverish, and the symptoms appeared to be so much 
troublesome to him because he was an opium eater. But we are 
sorry to say we failed totally to understand his logic. 

Sahebgunge, Bengal, India. 


Under the heading, "Vocation or Avocation," Dr. George M. 
Gould, of Philadelphia, lets go a blast in the January issue of the 
American Journal of Clinical Medicine that is a veritable medi- 
cal cyclone. Whatever else he is, Dr. Gould is honest and has the 
courage of his convictions. In years past he let fly at Homoeop- 
athy, but his was a fair stand-up fight, and Homoeopathy can 
stand all assaults of that nature. One feature in Dr. Gould's 
latest effort, this time directed against the high-up "regulars," is 
that he holds, as did Hahnemann, that the physician's highest and 
only duty is to heal the sick — not fatten on them. The paper is a 
long one — thirteen pages — but here is the gist of it, and the italics 
wherever they occur are Dr. Gould's. (The paper is an address 
delivered before the Medical Department of the Syracuse, N. Y., 
University.) This is the beginning: 

"For professional education and medical progress one small 
medical college, especially if located in a little, instead of a large, 
city, is worth any two big medical colleges. As a rule, the greater 

A Medical Cyclone. 59 

the size of the classes, the more famous the professors, then the 
more unture the teaching, the more immoral both teachers and 
taught. Success, ambition, politics, greed, conservatism, the dirty 
kind — are more certain to rule the minds and kill the hearts of the 
men in control of the huge institutions than those of the small 
ones. This is because the ambitious self-seeker and medical poli- 
tician chicanes for and gets the professorship." 

" The Rich Should Help the Little Colleges." 

"The duty of the rich and of the endowers is, therefore, to 
avoid helping the unwieldy and inethical schools with their 
(often) ill-gotten wealth; they should help the little colleges. 
The more the money the less the therapeutics. Everyone who may 
influence a young man beginning the study of medicine should do 
his best to keep him out of the big college and to guide him into 
the small one. The greater the student body, the worse the teach- 
ing. The more pompous the professor, the quicker he should be 
laid aside. The greater the boast of 'science,' the more really un - 
scientific. When professors are paid enormous salaries by lay 
commercial companies, their science is pretty sure to be unscience. 
Did you ever hear of a professor in a huge political medical col- 
lege making any valuable medical discovery? If you have heard 
of such cases, did you ever personally know of one? And, ac- 
cording to some of the members of the Council on Medical Edu- 
cation of the A. M. A., three-fourths of the 4,000 annual gradu- 
ates of American medical colleges are too poorly taught to prac- 
tice medicine intelligently. The chairman of the Council says 5S 
per cent, of those who fail to pass the State boards 'cram up' and 
pass the examination a few weeks later. Dr. Ingalls says that out 
of 150 American medical colleges 144 are not up to standard in 
their teaching. Possibly he meant the six were the six biggest 
colleges. If so, I beg leave to differ, absolutely." 

"The Charlatanism of the Strutting Professor." 

"Of all amusing and yet disgusting things we see every day the 
most egregious is the fawning upon and adulation of the rich 
sick and the sick rich by our hysteria doctors and leading con- 
sultants. Thousands of these pitiful patients are being 'rest- 
cured' out of their money and health with no attempt to learn the 

60 A Medical Cyclone. 

causes of their diseases, and with fear that the known causes will 
become widely known. As a profession we have catered to this 
gallery-beloved melodrama. Our professors and big-wigs have 
played the game of strutting before the groundlings and of de- 
manding many-thousand-dollar fees for cures that often never 
cured, and for operations that frequently were unnecessary. The 
medical profession should long ago have stopped this quackery 
of $5,000 and $10,000 fees. Every one of us knows it is charla- 
tanism. The science and skill of the surgeon and the great 
poseurs is no greater, is often not so great as the science and skdl 
of the family physician who for weeks or months or years com- 
bats or conquers the common disease. * * * The brokers 
and the experts are like unto the 'great authorities' and 'pro- 
fessors.' If you have a little hoarding to invest, do you ask the 
Jay Goulds and the Harrimans what to do with it? Whether in 
finance or in medicine, the safer rule nowadays is not. Trust the 
expert, but is, rather, Distrust him!" 

He next turns his attention to "The Degradation of Special- 
ism'' and this brings up the question : "Is it wise to have killed 
the family physician?" If you take from him everything from 
bellyaches to skin diseases, "what is left the poor devils which the 
medical colleges are turning out at the rate of four thousand a 
year?" We next come to 

"Shall the Professor Pay or be Paid ? " 

"Indeed, is it not becoming plain that the functions of a pro- 
fessor in a medical college, and especially in a big one, are so 
onerous that if he does his duty to the students and the hospital 
he should not have private practice ? There is enough work con- 
nected with the hospital to keep him up to the mark in clinical 
and operative progress. He must read and study more than is 
usually possible for the non-teacher, and his lectures and instruc- 
tion should be made over afresh each year. When I was a stu- 
dent we all had the same lectures repeated each year, and we 
knew exactly to a day and minute when that old story, effete joke, 
or eloquent admonition would invariably appear. Unless the pro- 
fessor is properly paid he cannot, of course, agree to drop pri- 
vate practice, but he may be sufficiently well paid. In how many 
colleges, even at present, do the professors pay the institution for 
the privilege of teaching? That's the way, in fact, that much 

A Medical Cyclone. 61 

private practice was formerly obtained, and is the sorry custom 
entirely dead? The unimaginable infamy and deviltry not in- 
frequently exhibited in the race for a medical professorship are 
not outdone even by our ward bosses and legislators." 

The next section is in a manner self-explanatory in its heading. 

"Surgery Should Be Appealed to Only 'When Therapeutics 
is Impossible." 

"When I was studying medicine, and also while an assistant 
in an out-patient department of the hospital, I found my fellow- 
students were always interested in operations. They would crowd 
about the operator, while I was left with the patients who had 
pain or organs acting badly ; functional diseases did not interest 
them much. When I asked what caused the surgical disease I 
w r as stared at as if I were 'cracked.' When I asked if the surgical 
disease couldn't be prevented it was evident that I was stark 
mad. * * * Surgery is the despair of -curative medicine, 
and must be appealed to only when therapeutics is absolutely im- 

But this is to-day not the rule. 

"Using Your Position to Feed Your Fame." 

"Notwithstanding this and without my solicitation I was offer- 
ed two hospital positions which were avidly sought by others. 
After accepting one, I found men were using their positions to 
feed their surgical fame, and that the "clinical material' of hos- 
pitals was considered as vivisection material, stuff to practice 
upon to turn over to the underlings if not wanted by superiors, 
etc. Indeed, I was advised by my superiors to have the poor dis- 
pensary patients come to my office and sit about the halls and 
waiting rooms to make an effect upon private patients, and the 
rest. Moreover, I could get some money out of the poor if I 
worked the affair cunningly. My answer to all that was — my 
resignation ! And later I resigned a higher position as visiting 
surgeon because I found that there was here no attempt a-t dis- 
crimination between the needy poor and those who could paw" 

Dr. Gould . next takes up "Common Hospital and College 
Graft," and has some horribly bitter things to say, but let them 
pass. Here is the key-note to much of it — that which isn't pelf: 

62 A Medical Cyclone. 

"Indeed, for a long time, now, the Medusa head of therapeutic 
pessimism has been peeping out from under the wig of anatomic 
pathology and medical atheism. The pathologists have long ago 
settled it that there is really no functional disease, and that it is 
only our microscopes that are at fault when we cannot discover 
the bug of senility, the lesion in foolishness, or the tumor in 
megalomania. The gastrologists practically admit that the sur- 
geons should get their patients after they have thoroughly pump- 
ed their stomachs and purses. But at last the neurologists have 
come into the open and have flung away their wigs. Snakes in- 
stead of hair are not pleasant to look upon ! 'Neurasthenia,' it 
seems, has 'passed; and with it hysteria — all the thousand forms 
of habitual peculiarities in many women and children. Such 
patients, one and all, are simply insane, and there's an end an't! 
What a world, when all but a few Americans will be in asylums 
commanded by the only sane men, the neurologs ! And nobody 

"Leaders Do Not Lead, But Oppose Medical Progress." 

One specimen of this will suffice : 

"A rich patient recently paid, in all. some S20,ooo to have re- 
moved, what one of the consultants told me was 'as pretty a little 
healthy pink appendix as he had ever seen !' " 

Here is a rap at some of the medical journals: 

"And these official medical journals — what a farce they aret 
If any of you are troubled with insomnia or optimism you should 
subscribe for, say, The Brit is Ji Medical Journal. Such journals 
are carried on for the benefit of the select few who arrogate to 
themselves a knowledge which has been outlived, a science which 
is almost as hopeless as that of Mother Eddy, and an egotism 
which outdoes that of this wonderful lady. Try to get into the 
columns of these defenders of the faith an article which advo- 
cates progressive advances in medicine, and see how you will be 
'turned down.' ' 

Here is what is needed : 

"What above all is needed is physicians who are not afraid of 
traditional prejudices and entrenched authorities, men who can- 
not be intimidated either by their own ambitions and selfishness or 
by the tyranny of conservatism and medical politics, medical so- 

The Pharmacopoeia Question Again. 63 

cieties, organizations, or fashions ; men who will speak out and 
act as their own consciences demand upon all professional ques- 

"Live to your ideals and cure your individual patient in your 
individual way of his individual disease. And of all unholy stu- 
pidities do not believe there is no cure. The cure and the preven- 
tion of disease, of most all the diseases which curse our world is 
possible. Perhaps not by the methods you suspect or have tried, 
but still, really, by some method/' 

"If You Do Not Believe Diseases Are Curable— Get Out." 

"Over all and above all, cling to the ideal of your profession 
being a calling, a vocation, from a source higher than the love of 
success and fame and money. Cling to the idealism and religious 
purity of your youth, to the love of your suffering fellowmen 
which lingers in the silent depths of your soul as all that makes 
your soul valuable and breeds its immortality." 

Such is the tenor of Dr. Gould's address. It applies to the 
"regulars" only, for he does not recognize the homoeopaths, though 
his cry for curing the patient is distinctly in tune with the belief 
and practice of the true homoeopath. The whole is a savage 
revolt against therapeutic nihilism that obscures those who rightly 
or wrongly occupy the seats of the medical mighty, and a call to 
the family physician to hold up his head. 


The following gives it in a nut-shell : "The first of the pro- 
posed amendments to the national food and drugs act to attain a 
place on the calendar of Congress provides for the recognition of 
the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States as a legal 

The recognition of Homoeopathy by the national government 
is something much to be desired, but if the recognition is to come 
in the form of the adoption of a moribund book as the representa- 
tive of Homoeopathy, we had better rest content and let things 
remain as they are. To be sure, the book has the perfunctory en- 
dorsement of the American Institute of Homoeopathy. The firs'.; 
edition was called the "Pharmacopoeia of the American Institute 

64 The Pharmacopoeia Question Again. 

of Homoeopathy," and was copyrighted "By Committee on Phar- 
macopoeia of the American Institute of Homoeopathy." This edi- 
tion, however, owing to its numerous errors was withdrawn, and 
an amended edition under the title. The Homoeopathic Phar- 
macopoeia of the United States" was substituted. This work. 
which is called a "second edition," like its predecessor, is copy- 
righted "By Committee on Pharmacopoeia of the American In- 
stitute of Homoeopathy." The work is published by a firm of 
Boston publishers, though whether they, or the Institute, assume 
liabilities and take the profits, has never, to our knowledge, been 
made public. 

The Pharmacopoeia of the United States is copyrighted by the 
United States Pharmacopoeial Convention, and presumably pub- 
lished by that committee, as a number of publishing firms in vari- 
ous cities appear on the title page as agents, while another firm is 
given on an inside page as "Printers and Binders.'' 

In what may be termed the allopathic, or old school, phar- 
macopoeia, chemistry in its various branches almost alone is con- 
sidered, hence as new chemical discoveries are made, or new 
methods evolved, the need of frequent revisions. 

This is not true of the homoeopathic pharmacopoeia, but the 
very reverse is true. In Homoeopathy no drug can be used ho- 
moeopathicully until it has been proved, i. c. until it has been 
voluntarily taken in sufficient quantities to develop its poison. 
drug or disease effect. These effects are collected and constitute 
the Homoeopathic Pure Materia Medica, for every symptom (if 
properly reported) is a pure effect of the drug. When the prov- 
ing is made the provers report how they prepared the drug, what 
parts of the plant were used, and all details. This report neces- 
sarily forms its part of the homoeopathic pharmacopoeia, and it 
logically follows that no alteration can be made in the method of 
preparation without more or less invalidating the proving on 
which the science of Homoeopathy is based. 

The Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the United States changes 
the methods of the preparation of homoeopathic medicines, hence 
the remedies prepared by its formulae are divergent from those 
prepared by the provers from which the provings were made. 
This fact marked the new pharmacopoeia for failure from the 
start. Several pharmacists adopted it, but nearly all have given it 
up as being impractical. A list of standard remedies were pre- 

Tzvo Cases: Liver, Itching, 

pared by one homoeopathic pharmacy according to this new work 
and the fact generally made known, but the physicians would not 
order them. 

From these facts it will be seen that it would be a very great 
mistake to have this book adopted as the official homoeopathic 
pharmacopoeia of the United States by the Government. It could 
never be that save in namejonly. The writers of this book had a 
splendid opportunity to make a pharmacopoeia that would have 
been gladly accepted by all. but they failed, and that failure is not 
chargeable to the profession or to the pharmacists or to "jeal- 
ousy," but to their own faulty work. 


By L. M. Lanyal, M. D. 

Liver Disease With Persistent Low Fever. 

Babu C. B. B., demonstrator Presidency College. Calcutta, 
called me in for the treatment of his granddaughter, aged eleven 
months, who was suffering from a low fever, and was gradually 
emaciating. The liver was somewhat enlarged, greyish colored 
hard stools, very excitable, slight dry cough was present. Bryonia 
12 dil.. thrice daily, was given, but with no benefit. Then Cale. 
carb. 12th three times daily, and suspecting the mother'.- milk. I 
changed the diet to the following : Well boiled pearl barley water, 
2 parts ; lime water. I part ; milk of goats. I part. After three 
days I noticed that the stool changed into yellow and little grayish 
color and the fever was less in degree in comparison with the 
previous accession. Then I prescribed Magnesia mur. 6x. three 
times daily. The fever ceased and the greyish color disappeared. 
She completely recovered, and is in good health now. 

A Case of Intense Itching — Urtica Urens. 

Babu H. C. D., opium vendor and cloth merchant, Calcutta. 
aged about fifty, came at Hahnemann House on the 25th inst., 
suffering from unbearable itching over the whole body. All parts 
of the body were excessively swollen, and red areola appeared 
on the skin. Urtiea urens 3X, one drop in an ounce of water for 
a dose, was given. The itching instantly ceased, and the patient 

Calcutta, India. 

66 A Criticism of "Elements: 


Our estimable Medical Advance, January, reviews the second 
edition of Elements of Homoeopathic Materia Medica Practice, 
etc., etc. We quote the review entire : 

"The popularity of this small hand-book has been such that a 
second edition is called for in a short time. It is intended for 
physicians of other schools who wish to obtain an insight into 
what Homoeopathy really is. There is a brief sketch of Hahne- 
mann and some of the pioneers of Homoeopathy ; the manner 
of its discovery, its doses, how to apply it in the cure of the sick 
and some of the recent works on Homoeopathy. The materia 
medica of the last half of the book will be found very helpful to 
the beginner. But the therapeutic part, the treatment of diseases 
by name will be found disappointing. The potency, from the 
tincture to the 30th, is attached to nearly every remedy without 
apparently any rhyme or reason." 

"Here is an unfortunate illustration : 'Our allopathic and eclec- 
tic friends can do little to modify or curtail an attack of whooping 
cough, and they have persistently taught the people to believe that 
this disease is incurable, that it "must run its course," and here is 
the reason why, under homoeopathic treatment, as here laid down, 
that it probably will "run its course." 

"When cough runs into convulsions, Cuprum metallicum 6." 
i "Where the whoop is very marked and clear, Mephitis 6." 

"Severe paroxysms, changing color of face, Magnesia phosphorica i.'x." 

"In cases not marked by any severe symptoms, Drosera rotundifolia ix." 

"'Minute gun' variety or smothering, Coralium rubrum I2x." 

"With tenacious, stringy mucus, Coccus cacti 3." 

"Rattling of mucus, white tongue, Tartar emetic 6." 

"To prevent the spread of the disease give Drosera ix to the other chil- 
dren, or to those liable to contract the disease." 

"As a prophylactic, Drosera ix will most certainly fail, unless 
in rare cases, where it is the genus epidemicus. This is not the 
way to educate an allopathic physician or indoctrinate a family 
into the homoeopathic treatment of whooping cough. Besides it 
leads the beginner to believe that the potencies here given are the 
only ones to use." 

So runs the Advance s review. Many, yery many, attempts 

Do Epidemics Follow Influenza? 67 

have been made by writers to give information to the allopaths 
and to the public, and of all.of them Elements is by far the most 
successful if the number of copies sold is to be taken as a cri- 
terion. It is not claimed that a better book (in same compass) on 
the subject could not be written, but so far none better have been 
offered to the publishers. The therapeutics criticised above are a 
fair sample of all this section of the book, and if the reviewer will 
write us in about the same space a better therapeutics of whoop- 
ing cough or put it in better form no one will welcome it more 
heartily than the builders of Elements, for nothing could do more 
to further their work. Or if any of the readers of the Recorder 
can offer anything to better that little book the suggestions will 
be thankfully received. The book is designed to give in a concise 
and low priced form a general knowledge of Homoeopathy some- 
thing in which all are interested who care for the spread of Ho- 
moeopathy. To say that such and such a part is bad without 
pointing out wherein it is bad and how it might be bettered is like 
slapping a blind man on the back and shouting, "Here, you fool, 
don't you see you are going wrong !" and then going your way. 


Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder: 

There is at present in this neighborhood a pronounced epi- 
demic of influenza (I think influenza a better name than "la 
grippe") but with a low fatality. It is interesting, from the point 
of view of epidemiology, to ascertain if this be generally diffused. 
From the historical point of view it is a fact that a widespread 
mild influenza epidemic has nearly always, perhaps, always, been 
the precursor of a more malignant epidemic of some .form in the 
following fall. I do not connect them as cause and effect, but if 
the fact is universal they point to some common cause. 

Will you invite the profession to report to you their experience 
as to the prevalence of influenza, and communications thereon to 
the undersigned will be highly appreciated by 

Yours very respectfully, 

M. R. Leverson, M. D. 

927 Grant Ave., Bronx, N. Y '., Jan. 27, 1908. 

68 Homoeopathy in Portugal. 


Editor of the Homoeopathic Recordkr : 

The writer desires information regarding any alleged recover- 
ies or cures of inoperable or recurrent carcinoma of the mammary 

If any case or cases are known to anyone who reads this cir- 
cular and can be authenticated by facts as to the history and con- 
dition prior to recovery and the length of time which has elapsed 
since recovery, such information will be much appreciated and 
duly acknowledged. 

Any well authenticated reports of recoveries from carcinoma 
located in other parts than the mammary glands will be wel- 

Cancer paste cures, X-ray cures, radium cures," or cures as re- 
sult of surgical operation are not wanted. 

Hearsay cases' are not wanted unless accompanied by name and 
address of person who may give knowledge first hand. 


Horace Packard. 

470 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, Mass., Jan. 2, 1908. 


Translated for the Homceopathic Recorder from the Allg. Horn. Zcit., 

October 3, 1907. 

Under the above title we find the following communication 
from Dr.. Homem d' Albuquerque from Porto in the Omiopatia 
in Italia No 56 : 

In Portugal we have no periodical of the homceopathic school ; 
the physicians who are strict homoeopaths, number about 
eighteen, and nearly all of them live in Lisbon and in Porto. In 
the rest of the country there are many physicians who are con- 
vinced of the truth of Homoeopathy, but partly owing to the lack 
of pharmacies that are privileged to manufacture medicines, and 
partly because the laws of Portugal forbid the simultaneous 
practice of the medical and the pharmaceutical professions, they 
are obliged to practice as eclectic physicians. Others prefer giv- 

Cases From My Practice. 69 

ins: the medicines free of cost, rather than violate the laws of the 
land. (All homoeopathic physicians there ought then to do this! 
Ed. Allg. Horn. Zeit. ) 

"In Portugal there is no purely homoeopathic hospital, but in 
Santa Casa de Misericordia in Porto there is a homoeopathic di- 
vision, owing to a legacy of Conde Ferreira ; at first this was a 
single hall, but at this time it consists of four rooms and is con- 
ducted by homoeopathic physicians." 

"The writings published in Portugal are either polemic in their 
nature or written for the purpose of amusement, or again, trans- 
lations of popular manuals. I know of no original work in the 
Portuguese tongue, and the books written in Portuguese, used in 
Brazil, are translations from English, Italian and French works.'' 
The editor of the Revista horn, de Parana, Dr. Nilo Cairo, rightly 
calls this assertion in question, and enumerates eighty-one orig- 
inal' works published in Brazil, giving their titles in the Revista 
of June and July. (Dr. Kl.) 

We may here add that according to the Revista hoin. de Parana 
Xo. 7, Dr. Galvao, Bueno. a man of repute as a specialist in the 
diseases of women and in diseases of the bladder, as also as a 
politician, has lately come over to Homoeopathy. (Kl.) 

By Dr. Stoeger, in Bern, Switzerland. 

Translated for the Homoeopathic Recorder from the liom. Monatsblaetter, 

October, 1907. 

Stomach Troubles. 

Case I. — On the 3d of February, 1905. I received the follow- 
ing letter from Mrs. L. R., in Burgdorf : 

''Dear Doctor: — You will remember my writing to you two 
years ago for help from severe stomach troubles. I am sorry to 
say, that I am now again in the same predicament, only that I am 
unable to come to you, as it is only four days since my confine- 
ment. I am again unable to eat anything, not even milk and oat- 
meal ; I have constant violent pains in the stomach, causing also 
severe pains in the back. I do not want to go to the allopathic 

yo Cases From My Practice. 

doctor here, as no one ever helped me in this trouble but you, 
Dear Doctor. I would, therefore, request you to send me, until 
I can come to see you again, such a glorious remedy; the other 
worked wonders." The other remedy helped this time again, 
and will always help in similar cases, as I have experienced a 
hundred times before. The other remedy was' Gelsemium 4. and 
Nux vomica 4. mixed together. I often use complex Homoe- 
opathy with the best of results. 

Falling Out of the Hair. 

Case I. — A young gentleman, a technical engineer, who 
worked very strenuously, kept losing his curly hair, which he al- 
ways considered a great adornment. This was last year. There 
was no disease of the skin, based on a parasitic foundation ; but 
I noticed one thing, the man looked quite pale, he was poor of 
blood, anaemic. The lever had to be applied here. Ferrum phos- 
phoricum, given according to Schuessler's direction, in the 6. D., 
and a daily rubbing of the scalp with the tincture of Geranium 
Robertianum } diluted with some water, had a splendid effect in 
the course of six weeks. The young engineer can show his 
Adonis-head as proudly as in days past. 


"Dear Doctor: — I would respectfully request you to send me 
the remedy for ischias, which I before got from you. I am suf- 
fering a good deal, so that I am unable to come to you. Your 
remedy helped me so well in June, that I feel myself deeply in- 
debted to you. 

"Mrs. St." 

Gossliwyl, October 14, 1906. 

In consideration of the fact, that the woman was suffering at 
the same time from chronic inflammation of the kidneys, which 
was plainly the cause of the ischias, I gave her Lyco podium 30. 
Which by itself, without the use of any other remedy, always re- 
lieved her. In obscure cases of ischias. where other remedies 
fail, Lycopodium often has a wonderful effect, indicating the con- 
nection of the nervous ischiadicus with the kidneys. This would 
also show that these homoeopathic nothings, as our opponents 
sometimes define our remedies, may even help us in our diag- 
nosis of diseases. 

Cases From Practice. 71 


By Dr. Strohmeyer. 


I. Mr. B. has been troubled now for the second time with a 
discharge from the urethra, which as disclosed by the microscope 
is due to gonococci. The first attack had been successfully sup- 
pressed with Protargol and Argentum nitricum; so I gave again 
Protargol 0.75 to 200 Aqua destillata, so as first to get rid of the 
gonococci. I may be blamed for not at first going to homoeo- 
pathic preparations, but in the course of time I have found out 
by experience that it is often best to destroy the bacteria and 
then treat the rest of the ailment with homoeopathic remedies. 
In the old school treatment, as is well known, very many cases of 
gonorrhoea remain uncured, and in these cases it may be seen that 
a gonorrhoea cure does not consist in merely making the issue 
free of bacteria, and in reducing it to a mere agglutination in the 
morning : but it requires a remodeling of the constitution, in order 
to cut off the soil of the poison, in which it otherwise continues 
to luxuriate with consequences extending beyond the domain of 
the urethra. I can not come to believe that the permanent mental 
depression owing to the non-disappearance of the last drop could 
of itself be the cause for all the bodily malaise to which such 
persons are subject. The symptoms are far too severe to be put 
off with the mere explanation : Through the long duration of 
your illness you have become a neurasthenic. No, the whole 
state has been changed ! Formerly bright and merry, now 
melancholy and sad ; once upon a time strong and clear in his 
head, now dull and dizzy; aforetimes unmindful of weather and 
storm, now chilly and shuddering at every draught ; before this 
trouble he was blessed with sound and quiet sleep, now there are 
twitches and jerks all night; aforetimes he would not be tired out 
by a walk of several miles, now his legs are as heavy as lead ; he 
has colds ever and anon, pains and tearing, now here now there, 
all over the body — isuch is the image of the much ill treated, 
chronic gonorrhoea patient abused with injections, bougies, 
catheters and massage of the prostate gland, and still remaining 

J2 Cases From Practice. 

uncured. But to return to our case. After two weeks, no more 
gonococci could be seen in the secretion, the secretion soon ceas- 
ing altogether, and the patient would have supposed himself 
cured if an acutely lancinating sensation in a certain part of the 
urethra had not always warned him that there was a place which 
was not yet all right. There was no question of any stricture, 
but the sensation of a stitch in that place could not be argued 
away, and the patient was in no way inclined to be a hypochon- 
driac. So I prescribed for him Acid, nitric, io.o , three drops 
every morning and evening in a teaspoonful of water. After the 
fourth day there was no more stinging. 

II. Mr. K. was taken with syphilis five years ago. went 
through three ointment cures, and believed that he was cured, 
although here and there a little pustule could yet be seen ; and 
he was betrothed and married — the result showed up in the form 
of a little child, incapable of continuing in life, loaded down with 
all the signs of congenital syphilis. Besides the eruption and the 
typical ozaena, it showed an enormous swelling of the liver, a sure 
sign of hereditary lues. The child then died, for in such cases 
we may do what we will, and ought, in fact, to do nothing at all — 
and the father, otherwise a very honorable and efficient man. 
underwent a thorough treatment, Kali jod. and Acid nitric, in 
various potencies, frequent steam-baths and light baths, a pre- 
dominantly vegetarian diet were used for half a year, still every 
now and then small, humid spots appeared on the hairy scalp, 
until finally Mercurius jod. ruber, in the third trituration, taken 
morning and evening, as much as would lie on the point of a 
knife, well loaded up, cleaned him out thoroughly in about a 
week ; and then he remained clean. The remedy was continued 
with longer intervals for some time and I am convinced that a 
second child, if it should come, will no more call to mind the 
wretched fate that overtook the father in a weak hour. 

Menstrual Troubles. 

II. Miss B., from Miltenberg on the Main, applied to me by 
letter, on the recommendation of a lady I had cured, with the re- 
quest that I would send her medicine against the excessive 
troubles she had at every menstruation. The cramps and pains 
appeared in the first two days often with such violence that she 

Mental Alienation Cured by Zincutn. 73 

at times swooned, and was only relieved by the warmth of the 
bed. hot cloths and hot bed-pans. She is in general somewhat 
nervous and easily excited, also pretty anaemic. She had taken 
a sufficiency of iron, as her teeth and stomach could testify. She 
was doubly distressed by her condition, as she is now a bride, and 
was afraid that she would be unable to perform the duties of a 
household and of married life. I wrote her an encouraging letter, 
stating that this very trouble was frequently relieved through 
marriage, but that her chlorosis ought to be first removed. I pre- 
scribed a definite diet, lukewarm sitz-baths, much use of milk and 
cream, abstention from coffee and tea, and as medicine I pre- 
scribed Magnesia phosph. in the 6. trituration, alternating with 
Cuprum aeet. also in the 6. trituration. The remedies were 
ordered to be taken in alternate weeks. After the lapse of some 
time I received the report that the menstruation now proceeded 
with moderate symptoms ; though she was inclined to attribute 
this to the reason that her anaemia had entirely disappeared in 
consequence of the sitz-baths and the copious use of milk. The 
patient will probably never understand the brilliant effects of 
Cuprum aceticum in the treatment of cases of chlorosis, where 
iron refuses to act. or has been used to excess and to the injury 
of the patient. 

By B. Assem, Prior. 

Translated for the Homoeopathic Recorder from the Leipzig Pop. Z. f. 
Horn., November i, 1907. 

A short time ago a female came to me requesting my aid for 
her mother, who was sick and who had herself eight years before 
frequently consulted me on account of the sickness of this her 
daughter who is now standing before me. At that time I had 
recorded the following data: "August 30. 1889. a. m., twenty- 
five years of age. the daughter of a farmer : about a year before 
this time a well-known married man had made her an immoral 
proposition and sought to overpower her, but could not effect his 
purpose. Nevertheless, she was so much excited and outraged 

74 From Daily Practice. 

thereby that from that time on she had not been normal. Her 
mother says that she is distracted in mind, gives no answer to 
questions, does not want to work, is unable to sleep, and walks 
up and down in the room for half the night ; at times she sobs and 
falls into weeping spasms, and seems to be absent-minded ; she 
will lie on the floor instead of going to bed ; is unwilling to eat : 
people call her crazy. The worst symptoms is her constant anxiety 
and restlessness, which drives herself and those around her al- 
most to distraction. This has gone on for a year. Also medicines 
have been tried, as also kindly and earnest admonitions, but all 
in vain. Owing to the great expense she has not yet been taken 
to an insane asylum, but this will eventually have to be done." 

For this case of restlessness the remedy recommended by Far- 
rington, Zincum valcrianicum, seemed to me to be indicated. This 
remedy I gave to the mother for the patient, and I was not mis- 
taken, for in quite a short time the mental equilibrium of the 
patient was restored and to this day, eight years afterward, she 
has not had any relapse. She has regained her cheerfulness and 
industry, but is not disposed to recall her experience. I received 
no further information as to her mother, on whose account she 
came to see me. 


The following from the Lcipziger pop. Zeitschrift fuer Ho- 
meopathic is from the pen of Dr. G. Sieffert, of Paris : 

I. Scarlatina. 

Mrs. K., of Brazil, twenty-six years of age, well built, in the 
sixth month of her third pregnancy, was taken sick while passing 
through Paris. I was called in, and an examination showed : 

Lack of appetite combined with an obstinate constipation, head- 
ache, trouble in swallowing, a greyish coating on the right palate, 
while the soft palate shows a scarlet redness and an eruption is 
beginning around the neck. There is a fever mounting up to 
102° to 104 F. The thorax develops no symptoms. 

All these symptoms pointed to scarlet fever. The eruption was 
irregular in its development, and might point as well to measles as 

Front Daily Practice. 75 

to scarlatina. It also remained so up to the end of the sickness, 
though it had gradually extended all over the body. 

The husband of the patient who had some experience with Ho- 
moeopathy had from the first started the treatment with Bella- 
donna 6, alternating with Mercurius cyanatus 6. I continued 
this treatment for three days. By clysters I soon succeeded in 
removing the constipation. 

But otherwise the improvement failed to appear ; the fever had 
on the contrary increased so that I gave Belladonna D. 1. On 
this the temperature sank promptly; also the greyish coating of 
the palate disappeared, and so I stopped the Mercurius cyanatus 
and went back to Belladonna 6. 

In the meantime I had remarked that the urine was very 
scanty; some delirium also had appeared. I demanded an ex- 
amination of the urine, and here again there was a peculiar de- 
velopment. The first analysis showed nothing, the second show- 
ed 95 centigrams of albumen in 600 grams of urine. I at once 
prescribed Apis 6, two drops four times a day. Next day the 
third analysis showed one gram of albumen. In the fourth analy- 
sis 1,500 grams of urine gave no trace of albumen. I continued 
the Apis for two more days, but as the urine now remained 
normal as well as the quantity of the urine, I dropped the Apis. 
Repeated examinations of the urine during the course of the dis- 
ease up to the full cure showed no more abnormal symptoms. 

How can we explain these facts? That Apis acted very rap- 
idly is manifest from the facts themselves. But was the symp- 
tom merely a transitory one? Was the albumen to be ascribed 
to the pregnancy or to the scarlatina? I never found out. But 
the facts about the albumen are surely as given above. This fact 
remains assured, the more as the examination was made by a 
special chemist under my supervision. 

But the husband of the patient was not willing to believe in so 
sudden a result. He was incredulous also in other matters. So 
he was of opinion that the disease of his wife had nothing in 
common with scarlatina, and asserted that in Brazil even the least 
case of fever was apt to be accompanied with an eruption like 
that which I had found in his wife. I, therefore, desired to con- 
vince my doubter thoroughly. 

After the disappearance of the albumen the course of the dis- 
ease was quite favorable. The troubles in the throat had dis- 

j6 From Daily Practice. 

appeared some time before and the patient, who had received back 
her appetite after some doses of Nux vomica, could now eat what- 
ever was suitable to her condition. 

On the fortieth day I let the patient take a full bath, and in 
order that I might not be deceived by any imagination either of 
my own or of the husband, I asked for permission to attend the 
bath. When the patient left her bath and dried herself the des- 
quamation that I had expected at once appeared. This made an 
end of the doubts of her husband. This gave me the more satis- 
faction, as I had had great trouble at the beginning of the disease 
to secure the removal of his little children. Now he was very 
thankful that I had insisted upon it. 

It remains, however, without doubt that the disease, and espe- 
cially the eruption, was very irregular. And in calling the atten- 
tion of the reader to this fact, it is especially because scarlatina is 
in all cases a dangerous and infectious disease, which often ap- 
pears in a very deceitful form, and may be overlooked by the in- 
experienced layman. Caution ! 

II. Acute and Chronic Gonorrhoea. 

The lack of care frequently shown by patients in the treatment 
of their own disease may appear from the following case : 

A man, thirty years of age, had caught gonorrhoea. Instead of 
applying to a physician he had consulted a quack, who had treat- 
ed him with a caustic injection. This, indeed, caused the issue to 
disappear in a short time, as also the pain. The man, therefore, 
thought he was thoroughly cured and married. Scarcely lb ee 
weeks after the wedding the unfortunate couple appeared in my 
office. The woman complained of an indefinite inflammation of 
the abdomen, pain on micturition, swelling and looseness of the 
pudenda, a puriform issue and a painful swelling in the inguinal 
glands. A closer examination showed the existence of a r^il 
gonorrhceic infection. The man asserted that all these symptoms 
came from the leucorrhcea ; but I was not so easy to convince. I 
questioned the man more closely and he confessed that he 'iad 
some time before had an acute gonorrhoea. He was quite will- 
ing to be examined, and I constituted the existence of H.ronic 

Now the case was clear enough. The husband had infected his 
wife, and I involuntarily recalled the words of Prof. C. 

From Daily Practice. ~j 

Schroeder: "It has come so far that young ladies are afraid to 
enter marriage because they know that all their acquaintances 
were taken sick after marriage, and never regained their health." 
But this case did not get that far. 

The case of the wife was simply vulvitis with Bartholinitis. I 
forbade the concubitus, and began the treatment of both the pa- 
tients. In the case of the wife I prescribed warm, full baths with 
a suitable diet and bodily rest, daily a clyster to secure an evacua- 
tion and careful washing of the pudenda, as the general treat- 
ment in her case. Internally I prescribed every day twice in alter- 
nation four drops of Thuja tincture and of the tincture of Can- 
nabis sativa. 

After four weeks every abnormal symptom with the wife was 

With the husband it took somewhat longer, although there 
was not any stricture. I prescribed according to Dr. Mossa's 
mode, Sepia 30 and Thuja 30 on alternate days, taking daily 
eight drops in two doses. The patient at the same time had be- 
come somewhat anaemic, and so I prescribed as an intermediate 
medicine Ferrum accticum 1 trit.. as much as would lie on the 
point of a knife, an hour before breakfast and an hour before 
supper. In this way his condition gradually improved, and in six 
weeks nothing remained of his symptoms but a slight swelling of 
the inguinal glands, which was soon removed by Silicca 6. 

III. Mutually Recurring Gonorrhoea. 

Some years ago I was called in to see a man forty years of age, 
who complained of a painful swelling of the right knee. This 
had gotten better several times, and had also entirely disappeared, 
but had returned without any known cause. This had now con- 
tinued for several years. 

An examination showed that the man had a chronic gonorrhoea, 
which grew worse after every concubitus, and which, therefore, 
probably caused the swelling of the knee. Of course, all con- 
cubitus was forbidden. The gonorrhceic rheumatism was soon 
removed with Phytolacca decandra in the tincture. The chronic 
gonorrhoea was removed with Sepia 30 and Thuja 30. in alterna- 
tion, and ever since the man has been thoroughly well. But the 
matter was not so easy with the wife, who, of course, had also 
been infected bv the husband. With her the infection had ex- 

yS From Daily Practice. 

tended even to the uterus, and I had here to combat a real endo- 
metritis cervicis blenorrhoeica. 

Extremely surprised by my diagnosis the wife was unwilling to 
be treated at home for any length of time, and preferred to go to 
a hospital to avoid talk. A specialist undertook her treatment, 
confirmed the diagnosis which I had made, and after three months 
she was discharged as cured from the hospital. But I am sure 
that these married people mutually infected each other. And so 
also in this case the dictum of Professor C. Schroeder is estab- 
lished : "As to the women there is no doubt that gonorrhoea does 
them far worse injury than syphilis." As a proof of this I will 
only state that the woman patient in question had to give up all 
hope of becoming a mother. 

IV. Chronic Bronchitis. 

Now for another striking example of the action of our ho- 
moeopathic remedies: 

Mrs. M., forty years of age, was seized last winter by an acute 
bronchitis, which was not cured easily, and had gradually passed 
over into chronicity. She especially complained of a constant in- 
clination to cough with tickling in the throat, now here now there. 
At first the cough was weak and dull, but afterwards it became 
more violent, and eventually caused the ejection of a copious 
yellow expectoration, which caused some alleviation, but only for 
a short time. In vain the patient had consulted many allopathic 
physicians. Finally, like many other patients who have not been 
relieved by allopathy, she applied to Homoeopathy. The allopaths 
had endeavored in vain to remove the painful cough with all kinds 
of preparations of Opium. 

An examination showed nothing else than a constant rattling, 
a real Turkish music on all parts of the lungs. Still there was no 
sign of tuberculosis, but much shortness of breath. 

I first prescribed Kali bichromicum 12 in alternation with 
Arsenicum jo datum in the third centesimal trituration. 

This essentially improved her condition within two weeks. 
There is no more pronounced dyspnoea, less expectoration, less 
cough, but still there is no appetite. 

Nux vomica 1 C, four drops before every meal, brought back 
her appetite, and a strengthening diet removed the emaciation, 
which I omitted to mention before. Still the painful cough con- 

Danger of Pregnancy Following Operation of the Chest. 79 

tinued more or less. So I finally took to Stannum jodatum in 
the second decimal trituration. The patient took this lor two 
weeks, after which the cough entirely disappeared, and has not 
since returned. 


By William S. Cheesman, Auburn, N. Y. 

Whatever theory we adopt as to the nature and etiology of 
cancer in general, it must be conceded that when located in the 
female breast its development is influenced by some unexplained 
sympathetic correlation with the pelvic organs. The clinical fact 
has long been recognized, and is sometimes mentioned in text- 
books, that under the physiological stimulus of pregnancy mam- 
mary cancer takes on a specially malignant character. And on 
the other hand, Beatson, by ablating the ovaries in some cases of 
late inoperable cancer of the breast, was able to effect the disap- 
pearance of the disease. So we may say of this mysterious epi- 
thelial reproduction, this cellular new birth, to which we give the 
name cancer, that whatever its ultimate character, it may be stim- 
ulated to unwonted efflorescence, or retarded and even extin- 
guished, according as the uterus and appendages are rendered 
active or functionally obsolete. 

The highest functional act of these organs is gestation. This 
may associate itself with mammary cancer in one of two ways . 
either cancer attacks the breast during the course of pregnancy, 
or pregnancy occurs as a complication of already existing can- 
cer. In whichever way the association arranges itself tht result 
is the same, viz., a stimulation of the disease to unexampled 
malignancy and rapidity of growth. 

It has been my evil fortune to encounter each of these two 

Case I. — Cancer of the Breast Complicating Pregnancy. — 
About a dozen years ago a lady aged 29, mother of three children, 
became pregnant for the fourth time. She had had an abscess 

*Read at the fortieth annual meeting of the Medical Association of Cen- 
tral New York, held at Rochester, October 15, 1907. 

80 Danger of Pregnancy Following Operation of the Chest 

of the breast after her first confinement, and there remained a 
nearly imperceptible cicatrix in the gland. This was quiescent 
during two succeeding pregnancies, but about the third month 
of her fourth pregnancy she reported that the old scar was en- 
larged and tender. Examination showed a swollen, indurated 
mass in the breast, and axillary and supra-clavicular glands en- 
larged. A well known surgeon saw her at once with me, diag- 
nosticated malignancy of rapidly growing type, and did a thor- 
ough extirpation of breast and all lymphatic connections. The 
wound healed kindly, but in spite of the sweeping thoroughness of 
removal the disease seemed scarcely to have been checked. 
It broke out immediately over the whole area of operation, u legat- 
ing and discharging and finally involving the pleura. I induced 
labor early in the eighth month, saving the child, now a well 
grown boy ; but the young mother died a few weeks later. 

This case familiarized me with the behavior of cancer of the 
breast during gestation, but it needed still another to awaken 
my dull perceptions to the importance of this knowledge for the 

Case II. — Pregnancy Complicating Cancer of the Breast. — in 
March, 1905, I operated on a woman aged 36, doing the usual 
removal of breast, axillary contents, and muscles, by a wide cir- 
cumsection necessitating Thiersch skin-grafts to close the defect. 
I mention these details to show that the work was thorough. 
The wound healed well, only a soft pliable scar remaining 
I watched this case from time to time, and more and more felt 
that the result promised at least long postponement of return. 
All went smoothly till in December, 1905 (nine months after 
operation), the patient reported herself pregnant two months, 
and examination verified this suspicion. Her danger was in- 
stantly clear to me, and I told her the pregnancy should be in- 
terrupted in order to avert the chance of its relighting the disease. 
This view being concurred in by a consultant, I emptied the 
uterus of a two months' embryo. 

But even at the second month we were too late. I had ob- 
served the scar to be a trifle red and indurated just before the 
curettage, but soon after there could be no doubt. A flame of 
reddened lymphatics spread from the scar to the other breast 
which was swollen and glossy with indurated oedema. ("Mastitis 
carcinomatosa" of Volkmann.) The situation was so dreadfully 

Wood for Paper. 81 

clear that the patient herself recognized it, and asked : "Did my 
pregnancy bring this back again?" I had no need to answer; 
she read the truth, and pierced my conscience with the searching 
query: "Then, why did you not warn me?" 

I have asked myself that question many times since, and 1 
would ask my colleagues to-day : Why have we not warned 
breast cases of the dangers of pregnancy ? Of course, the cases 
suffering from our omission have been few in number, un- 
fortunate rarities, I judge, of surgical experience. Cancer at- 
tacks the breast commonly late in life, well after the child-bea:mg 
period. But not exclusively then. The circles of incidence of 
the two conditions intersect anil overlap to a considerable extent. 
So that there is a period of ten to fifteen years in which a small 
percentage of women are liable to both conditions. But even if 
the number of such women were too small to affect the statistics' 
underlying operative prognosis, even if we see but one :>r two 
such cases in a long surgical experience, we shall no-: escape the 
condemnation of conscience if we fail to individualize in ihtir 
favor, and admonish them of their peril. 

I do not know whether others have recognized this danger and 
this duty to their patients. If so, they have failed to indicate 
it in the literature. A research carried on for me in the library 
of the Syracuse Academy of Medicine fails to bring to light any 
evidence that the subject has received attention. I am con- 
strained, therefore, to believe that the danger has not been c 1 earlv 
appreciated, and that once notice is drawn to it, others will wish, 
like myself, to include in the advice given patients after opera- 
tions for malignancy of the breast, a warning against pregnancy. 
— Buffalo Medical and Surgical Journal, January, 1908. 


The Publisher Pays Much More for His Stock Than He 

Did Last Year. 

To-day there is general complaint among publishers that print- 
ing paper is constantly growing dearer. In the Middle West 
many local papers are raising their subscription price 50 per cent. 
in order to pay for the paper. From the time when Gutenberg 

82 Wood for Paper. 

first used movable type, made of wood, to the present day of 
metropolitan papers, some of which consume the product of acres 
of spruce in a single edition, printing has in very large degrees de- 
pended upon the forest. 

In the face of a threatened shortage of timber, the amount of 
wood consumed each year for pulp has increased since 1899 from 
2 million to 3^ million cords. The year 1906 marker! an increase 
of 93,000 cords in the imports of pulpwood, the highest average 
value per cord for all kinds and a consumption greater by 469,- 
053 cords than that of any previous year. 

Spruce, the wood from which in 1899 three-fourths of the pulp 
was manufactured, is still the leading wood, but it now produces 
a little less than 70 per cent, of the total. How well spruce is 
suited to the manufacture of pulp is shown by the fact that dur- 
ing a period in which the total quantity of wood used has doubled 
and many new woods have been introduced, the proportion of 
spruce pulpwood has remained nearly constant in spite of the 
drains upon the spruce forests for other purposes. During this 
time three different woods, from widely separated regions, have 
in turn held the rank of leader in the lumber supply. 

Since 1899 poplar, which for years was used in connection with 
spruce to the exclusion of all other paper woods, has increased in 
total quantity less than 100,000 cords, and is now outranked by 
hemlock. Pine, balsam and cottonwood are used in much smaller 

New York alone consumes each year over a million and a quar- 
ter cords of wood in the manufacture of pulp, or more than twice 
as much as Maine, which ranks next. Wisconsin, New Hamp- 
shire, Pennsylvania and Michigan follow- in the order given. 
Sixty per cent, of the wood used in New York was imported from 
elsewhere, and even so the supply appears to be waning, since the 
total consumption for the State shows a small decrease since 
1905, whereas the other States named have all increased their 
consumption. Other States important in the production of pulp 
are: Massachusetts, Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon, Vermont, Vir- 
ginia and West Virginia. 

The average cost of pulp delivered at the mill was $7.21. The 
total value of wood consumed in 1906 was $26,400,000. The 
chief item determining the price of paper is the cost of pulp. An 
example of the increased price of paper is found in the case of a 

The Old, Old Social Problem. 83 

publisher of a daily in the Middle West, who recently paid $1,200 
for a carload of paper. The same quantity and grade of paper 
cost a year ago but $800. 

The chemical processes of paper making, which better preserve 
the wood fiber, are gaining over the mechanical process. In 1899, 
65 per cent, of the wood was reduced by the mechanical process ; 
in 1906, less than 50 per cent. 

All importations of wood for pulp are from Canada, and com- 
prised, in 1906, 739,000 cords, nearly all of which was spruce. 
Four and a half million dollars' worth of pulp was imported in 
1906, a slight falling off from 1905. 

Circular 120 of the Forest Service contains a discussion of the 
consumption of pulpwood in 1906, based on statistics gathered by 
the Bureau of the Census and the Forest Service. The pamphlet 
can be had upon application to the Forester, United States De- 
partment of Agriculture, Washington, D. C. 


Dr. I. B. H. Sayse thus handles this problem in a recent issue 
of the New York Medical Times: 

"Anent the discomfiture of women who seek bread by the 
pleasure of men outside of marriage, in conformity with the 
moral sentiment of conservative religious attitude, and of the 
applauded spurt of scene-shifting political 'reformers,' in Phila- 
delphia, there has been started an insistent clamor to tear out 
something special for diplomatic buncombe in the social interests 
of the city. There has, therefore, been inaugurated a hostile 
repetition of midnight raids by the police upon houses of ill 
repute. These heroic onsets are planned and conducted by 
schedule information furnished by clandestine spies and co- 
operative officials who are spasmodically impelled by the steam o J : 
high pressure sense of popular duty in response to claims for 
service and salary. The church authorities warmly applaud the 
name of one eagle-eyed agent, of the persecuting or prosecuting 
machinery, but at same time they do not offer or furnish these 
hundreds of unfortunate erring women any substantial oppor- 
tunity of social salvation by giving them honest and more hon-* 
orable employment and life-supporting compensation. They are 
willing to have these women hounded to jail instead — they would 

84 The Old, Old Social Problem, 

self-righteously prefer to crush the female sexual refugee on 
earth completely. On a rounding-up night campaign, hundreds 
of girls and women are hauled unexpectedly into the police drag- 
net. The last vestige of their self respect must be thus openly un- 
done and lost, the last chance to get back into the avenues of cor- 
rect life is officially slammed into their faces with bars of iron. 
No champion of the Gospel of sympathy and charity which lead- 
eth the erring heavenward intervenes with the life-line of rescue 
after the pattern of Christ when the censorious scribes and Phari- 
sees dragged before Him for judgment the erring woman. In 
the zeal for a puff of surface 'reform' it is forgotten that these 
'fallen' girls and women have all been nursed at a mother's 
bosom, all have suffered some ignominious cross of life, all are in 
bonds of betrayed trust, of repressive circumstances, of mentai 
delusion, of physiological tension, of constitutional degeneracy 
that have singly or by group perverted and deformed their 
natures. Furthermore, their perceptions and senses have possible 
been submerged by the misdirections of drink, paid for by the 
passion-offering of men of respected popular positions, and 
whereby responsive womanhood so resistlessly loses grasp of 
normal balance. 'But why don't such women resist?' cry the 
Pharisees. Did Eve resist? They also are daughters of Eve." 

Venesection Saves Life. — In the clinic at Prague in a case of 
poisoning with coal gas the ancient remedy of venesection has 
been applied with the most brilliant effect, leading to the saving' 
of life. Two women had filled their range with anthracite coal. 
had lit it, and had then retired to rest. Next morning one of them 
was found dead, the other in deep unconsciousness. She was 
brought into the clinic and venesection was at once resorted to, in 
which process 500 grammes of blood were withdrawn and as 
many grammes of the solution of common salt were injected. 
Besides this oxygen was applied for inhalation. On this, respira- 
tion improved, but consciousness had not returned ; there was, 
therefore, another resort taken to venesection next day. The pa- 
tient then returned to consciousness, and in two weeks the patient 
was fully restored. The restorative action of venesection may be 
explained from the fact that the poisonous action of carbonic 
acid first poisoned the blood, which was in part removed from the 
body through venesection. 

Book Notices. 85 


Le Triomphe de l'Homoeopathie, par le Dr. Flasschoen de la 
faculte de medecine de Paris. Ouvrage de 490 pages in-8°, 
Paris, 1908, librairie generate, L. Sauvaitre, 72 Boulevard 
Hausmann. Prix : cinq francs. 

So runs the title of a handsomely printed book of 490, 8vo 
pages, with broad margins. It follows the European custom of 
being "stitched" only, i. c, paper bound, the buyers there suiting 
each his particular taste in the matter of permanent binding. For 
some years the author has been demanding "de la faculte de med- 
icine de Paris," the right to deliver an official course of lectures 
on Homoeopathy at the medical schools of that city, but needless 
to add, has been constantly refused. What else could they do? 
The two won't mix and cannot mix, for they are incompatible 
when you get down to their respective foundations. The idea of 
the two becoming one is an idle dream. This fact, however, 
would not prevent a course of lectures on Homoeopathy in an 
allopathic school from being very useful, for it would give the 
students the opportunity of choosing between the two antagonistic 
principles in medicine. Man does not create these opposites, he 
discovers them and then should have freedom of choice between 
them. A clear insight into the errors of an opposing element is 
always helpful to the student and to the adult mind. But the 
allopathic powers that be think otherwise — or they are afraid to 
let the homoeopathic light shine in their darkness. Yet though 
they set faces of flint against any teaching of what Homoeopathy 
is to their students, they will "charitably" say to the homoeopaths, 
"Drop your name Homoeopathy, come to us and be brothers." 
Strange that sane men should even consider such an impossibility. 
If you see the truth of Homoeopathy you cannot join their ranks; 
if you do not you can easily go over to them or to the Christian 
Scientists, the voodoos or any other medical outfit. A chair of 
Homoeopathy in an allopathic medical school would be a good 
thing for the students and their prospective patients, but old 
principles would be upset and old idols smashed. If Dr. Flass- 
choen's book could be done into English it would make interest- 
ing reading for many. 

Hornoeopathic Recorder. 



Address communications , books for review, exchanges, etc., for the editor, to 

E. P. ANSHUTZ, P. O. Box 921, Philadelphia, Pa. 


Uneasy Lies the Head That Wears a Crown. — Dr. Henry 
Beates, Jr., seems to have discovered the truth of this even though 
his crown be that of the President of the Medical Examining 
Board of Pennsylvania. He had fun slanging the homoeopaths 
and telling his own crowd that the greater part of the medical 
graduates they turned loose on the world were "unfit to practice 
medicine." All this was fine until the return match began and 
the verbal brick-bats came hurtling his way, then it was different, 
so different that the president seeks refuge in a newspaper inter- 
view : 

"In the examinations which we make," said Dr. Beates, ''we 
merely endeavor to ascertain whether the applicant has or has 
not medical knowledge. If he has the sort of knowledge that 
qualifies him to take charge of human life and health, he is passed. 
Nevertheless the construction of his replies, the spelling and the 
English discloses to a very important degree whether he was 
fitted to enter the medical school at all, or whether he never 
should have been admitted. 

"Some of those who do not like my attitude on this matter are 
pleased to criticise me personally — my training and the character 
of the questions which constitute the examination of students. 

"Now, as to my training. I graduated as valedictorian of my 
class in the West Philadelphia Academy," etc. 

Further on he affirms that of the 160 medical schools of this 
country only 20 to 40 of them give good results. Questioned as 
to the Philadelphia schools he would only say that "the University 
gives good results," which is a facer for Jefferson and the 
Medico-Chi. Dr. Beates is a graduate of the University. 

Editorial. 87 

He also challenges any one to go over the examination papers 
at Harrisburg and deny the truth of his assertion ; if it can be 
proved that he is wrong he will give up his job. 

It seems that English, grammar and spelling play no unim- 
portant part in the passing of "the recent graduates," and a 
cynical friend suggests that clothing, correct ties, collars, and the 
like, ought also to be considered. Think of that rough old doctor 
whom Ian Maclaren pictures entering a silky bed-room ! As for 
spelling, there are a number of men to whom a foolish world 
looks up, George Washington, for instance, who would be turned 
down with a dull thud on the examining board's requirements 
anent spelling. 

Under the sub-heading, "These puzzled students," is given a 
lot of questions. One of them is : "How is the heat of the body 
supplied and maintained at an even temperature?" If the in- 
quisitors, with Dr. Beates at their head, will tell us how it is sup- 
plied at all the world will be grateful, especially the learned 

The whole examining board business all over the country is in 
a most chaotic and unsatisfactory condition and ridiculous posi- 
tion. A legislature passes the "bill," knowing nothing of the real 
subject. Then some one selects a number of men to do the ex- 
amining — this some one knows nothing of the subject. Then the 
medical graduates who have satisfied their respective colleges of 
their qualifications are turned over to these boards to determine 
whether they have "the sort of knowledge that qualifies" to take 
charge of human life and health ! Do the members of the various 
examining boards possess these qualities ? 

Echinacea in Gangrene. — Ellingwood's Therapeutist for 
January has a short paper from a Dr. C. S. Whitford, adding 
more testimony to the long list in favor of this remarkable drug. 
The case was a man who had been cut in the leg near the knee. 
He worked in a cowyard. The time was during the hot term in 
July. The result was gangrene. The attending physicians said 
that amputation was the only hope, but as the man refused to have 
his leg cut oft Dr. Whitford was called in, and by the use of 
Echinacea, internally and externally, cured the patient in fourteen 
days, so that he could go to work. A remedy that can accomplish 
such results is well worth knowing. 

88 Editorial. 

A "Specific/' — There are men in this queerest of all queer 
worlds who get an idea, or adopt one, and then monotonously re- 
peat it and nothing else for days and weeks and years. The 
never ceasing drone of one idea sooner or later influences a cer- 
tain number of men, and they become fanatics of the much droned 
idea or verbal formula. Something the same occurs when a man 
gets the bee in his bonnet of "specifics" in medicine. Such a man 
will write or asserts that such a drug is a "specific" for, let us say, 
rheumatism, or this, that or the other disease, and he believes 
what he says or writes. There is this to be said in favor of this 
idea, namely, that all diseases, according to the ruling belief, are 
caused by specific germs, and, therefore, it logically follows that 
each disease must have a specific remedy if there be such a thing 
for disease. There is where you are logically landed — for a 
specific cause there must be a specific antidote, or remedy, or 
counteracting thing. But when we descend from theory — or as- 
cend may suit some as being the better term — to things as they 
are any one at once realizes that there is not nor cannot be such 
a thing as a "specific" for disease as it is catalogued in the text- 
books. The hard facts of experience knock the theory on the 
head, and the wise man falls back on the sometimes flouted in- 
dicated remedy. Burnett came nearer solving the "specific" 
question than any one else, when he preached his "organ reme- 
dies." They are useful and practical. 

How to Treat Asiatic Cholera. — The following from the 
J. M. A. is the latest treatment for Asiatic cholera. It is scientific 
and may possess a certain interest to those who know the better 
way. Patient first receives four or six tablets of cocaine hydro- 
chloride, 1-20 grain; creosote, 1-8 minim; cerium oxalate, 2 
grains ; pepsin, 1-4 grain; tincture of nux vomica, 3-8 minim. 

This is followed by tablets: Morphine sulphate, 1-6 grain; 
hyoscyamus, 1-8 grain; nitroglycerine, 1-100 grain; citrated 
caffeine, 1-2 grain; capsicum, camphor, of each, 1-4 grain; tinc- 
ture of digitalis, 5 drops. 

After this, "every few minutes, until the pulse can be felt at the 
wrist, the tablet of nitroglycerine, 1-100 minim, with 2 minims of 
the tincture of digitalis, is given." 

In the meantime the patient is given the following mixture 
diluted one-half with water, tincture of eucalyptus, 4 fluidounces ; 
spirit of camphor, 2 fluidounces ; tincture of capsicum, 30 minims. 

Editorial. 89 

"Mutard plasters and the application of heat to the body are not 

"Heroic doses'' of tannic acid are given to stop the diarrhcea. 

"A great many patients promptly react as a result of this treat- 
ment, and then are attacked by suppression of urine, which often 
occurs at this time. To fight this he employs the tincture of 
eucalyptus in addition to the digitalis and citrated caffeine, which 
also act as "diuretics." 

There you have it, not in detail, but in essentials. "The re- 
covery is rapid unless complications occur." 

Sure ! — "In spite of the rigid criticism and enquiry of our age,'* 
writes Dr. Edwin Walker, of Evansville, Ind., in the California 
Medical Journal, "there is still in medical literature much which 
is unture." Truly there is very much. What medical book lives 
more than a few years outside of homoeopathic books ? Practically 
none save anatomies and dictionaries. Are the "latest" true? 
About as true as their predecessors. Why does the Organon 
live? It has truth. Truth lives. Error is chaff and perishes. 
"There is still in medical literature much which is untrue." Sure ! 

Official Organs. — The Pacific Medical Journal asserts that 
the official journal of the medical society of the State of Cali- 
fornia had, some years ago but three subscribers outside of its 
own membership, i. e., the society, while to-day "the number of 
bona fida subscribers is seventeen." Rather a small subscription 
list for even a medical journal. But it seems the official organ has 
other strings to its bow, as the following extract from a circular 
sent out to members of the society demonstrates : 

"Again your hearty co-operation can be of great service to your 
journal (the society 'organ') by treating the salesman, who fre- 
quents your office on a basis of 'give and take.' When Mr. X. 
calls to sell you goods, you should say to him, after carefully look- 
ing over your journal, T notice that your firm does not advertise 
in our journal. Why is this? When I can purchase equally as 
reliable goods from a firm which patronizes our journal, I pro- 
pose to do it.' If a representative of a house which does not take 
advertising space in your journal met with such questions as the 
above in every doctor's office who is a member of our society, how 
long do you think it would be before that firm would seek ad- 
vertising space in your journal?" 

90 Editorial. 

Any journal must make good to its readers or it will die. 
Even bullying advertisers will not save it. 

A "Potentized" Child. — In answer to a query from Bradford 
A. Booth, M. D., Medical Inspector, Department of Public Safety, 
Pittsburg, Pa., concerning Variolinum, and "what is the legal 
meaning of vaccination," the Journal of the A. M. A. replies: 
"We know of no legal decision giving the meaning of vaccina- 
tion.". As to Variolinum the editor quotes Blackwood's Materia 
Medica as to what it is, how prepared and the dose. The editor 
then sapiently throws in the following bit of information : "A 
child who takes this substance internally is said to be 'poten- 
tized.' ' Verily, one must go to the great, to the big-wigs, to 
learn things as they are in the minds of the great ! Homceopaths 
have never been accused of cruelty, but if the mighty Journal of 
the A. M. A. can prove that they potentize children we'll show 
"em up and spare not. 

Trouble Among the "Regulars/' — The "regular" is having 
his own troubles just now. For example, down in Texas the 
Texas Medical Journal calls the Journal of the American Medical 
Association "the Octopus," and raises merry Cain over the 
"lemon" the profession has been handed in the shape of an ex- 
amining board, a board made up of pretty much everything med- 
ical save the Christian Scientists. The Texas Journal, for in- 
stance, asserts that "the House of Delegates is dominated by the 
great machine goes without saying — and our Committee on Leg- 
islation sacrificed every principle of professional ethics and pride 
at the dictation, really, of an apostate homoeopath, the power be- 
hind the octopus, Simmons." Aside from the family row here 
revealed the point that will strike good homceopaths is the con- 
temptuous reference to an "apostate homoeopath." Better stick to 
your colors or go into some other business. 

Also the American Medical Association, as we learn from the 
Century, has a council on pharmacy, the duty of which seems to 
be to dictate what pharmaceutical preparations may be ethically 
prescribed, and which are anathema. On this council of fifteen 
there are no practicing physicians apparently no one but medical 
politicians. They have passed 250 preparations, over seventy-five 
per cent, of which are foreign. The leading American drug firms 

Editorial. 91 

seem to be taboo. The bulk of the American preparations passed, 
as might have been expected, belong to one house. And these 
gentlemen solemnly prate about "protecting the public." 

The true physician is he who heals the sick, relieves suffering 
and is the guide, counsellor and friend of physically erring hu- 
manity ; he does not prate, or pose, or blow his own horn, or seek 
power and pelf — the other kind apparently does, and is very 
anxious to "protect the public." 

Rat Poison. — "Ratin" is the latest, or one of the latest, "made 
in Germany" things. It is a substance inoculated with a bacillus, 
which bacillus not stated. It is mixed with bread, or anything the 
rat will eat. It not only kills the rat, but before he dies the in- 
fected rat infects the whole rat community and they all die. If 
the bacillus dies with the rat well and good, but if the bacillus 
lives on then there may be trouble for others besides the rat. 
It must be a lively bacillus that can kill a colony of rats, which 
are reputed to carry the bacillus of the plague apparently without 
any inconvenience. 

"Breaking Down the Barriers." — Commenting on the 
eagerness of some men to break down the barriers (truths!) 
which separate the old school and the homoeopaths, Dr. Arndt 
writes (Pacific Coast Journal of Homoeopathy, December) : 

"About a quarter of a century ago, Dr. Piffard, of New York, 
took occasion to avow his respect for Homoeopathy and cited 
many instances in which he had in practice proved the efficacy of 
certain methods of homoeopathic practice, referred chiefly to the 
clinical value of the minute dose of highly subdivided drug sub- 
stances (as mercury) and the practical value of 'provings' in in- 
dicating the therapeutic field of subtances thus proved (as Rhus 
in the treatment of certain diseases of the skin). Dr. Piffard was 
at first passed in silence, then taken to task; and now many a 
year has come and gone since he has been heard from. Yet he is 
still actively engaged in practice, and those who know him well 
stoutly affirm that his views to-day are exactly the views he held 
twenty-five years ago." 

Come, "you miserable" and "we'll forgive you — but don't do it 
again." "All ye who enter here leave Homoeopathy behind." 

Changing Views of Modern Medicine. — Dr. E. C. Hebbard, 

92 Editorial. 

of Boston, Mass., contributed a rather suggestive paper to the 
New Y.ork Medical Times, January. While acknowledging the 
importance of the work done by the bacteriologists he warns his 
readers "not to lose sight of the science of therapeutics." He 
further says : 

"It is generally conceded that the powers of a specific antitoxin, 
while destroying the effects of original toxin, often results in 
much harm by its deleterious effects on the nerve centers. It is 
also a question if antiseptic application may not be the agency of 
carrying other dangerous agencies into the tissues — agencies that 
are incompatible to the body requirement. 

"While the body possesses, in a marked degree, the power to 
sustain the attack of injurious substances, its integrity is often 
overcome and most unscientific results obtain." 

Good homoeopaths will be rather pleased at this acknowledg- 
ment that the antitoxins may be dangerous, for they have sus- 
pected it for some time. Here also is another hint: "Late in- 
vestigators are beginning to question the germ theory as the 
cause of disease." It looks as though Hahnemann's views ad- 
vanced in the Chronic Diseases may yet come to the fore. 

A complete system of therapeutics is suggested "restoring 
chemical equilibrium." This looks like an approach to Schuessler's 
biochemistry. Let the good work go on ! it is headed in the right 
direction now. 

Skillful Advertising. — Germany is no longer in it in the 
"ethical advertising" of "ethical" proprietory drugs. Whenever 
you see the alkaloidal ad. you can feel certain that the files of 
that journal will contain a few scientific papers in which very 
casually will occur something like "The best form in which this 
invaluable drug can be prescribed is" — see alkaloidal ad. Some 
grim homoeopaths point to the fact that their "indications" are 
"lifted" from Homoeopathy. Then Homoeopathy is patted on the 
head, told it was very well in its day, but not "scientific." We 
wonder why these "scientific" ones have not put forth "alkaloid" 
"Lachesioiod ;" the indications are open to all and there are many 
who would eagerly bite. There's millions in it ! 

Great Learning. — The learning, the medical science, furnish- 
ed to doctors free and without the asking is at once profound and 

Editorial. 93 

stunning. Here is one gentleman, or company of them, who in- 
forms the medical world that the katabolism of the protoplasm 
exceeds the anabolism, and, therefore, all needed to knock out the 

lowering katabolism is to take so and so, at so much per 

bottle. The advice is free and the remedy is cheap. Don't bother 
reading books ; read the free "literature," prescribe the dope rec- 
ommended, and take no care, leaving that to the philanthropic 
dope makers. It is docterin' made easy. 

The Modern Frankenstein Creation. — Scientific physicians 
have dwelt so much on "germs" as the one and only cause of dis- 
ease that finally the public, like a huge and blind land slip, has 
slipped en masse to their way of teaching, and the result is that 
the scientific ones are being crowded into an unpleasant corner. 

"Germs are the cause of disease ; kill the germs and quarantine 
the sick and there will be no more disease." in a broad way is the 
teaching of the scientific ones when they condescendingly or 
didactly give the public a glimpse of what is doing in the esoteric 
realms of their scientific domain. 

And in that domain it is all germs, nothing but germs, and they 
have sung this song for so long that the public has become hyp- 
notized and are now demanding results, and thereby crowding the 
high priests of "scientific medicine" into an uncomfortable 
corner. For instance, here is a very sane daily journal of Phila- 
delphia indignantly demanding that the board of health stop the 
epidemic of grippe now (January 1st) raging in Philadelphia, and 
from reports, all over the United States. "The disease." argues 
this confiding editor in effect, "we know is caused by a bacillus 
(b. Pfeffcr), and the board of health is neglecting its duty when 
it does not head off this bacillus. Every person affected with this 
disease is a centre of infection and should be quarantined and 
isolated and thus stop the spread of the disease. If the board has 
not the necessary authority, give it to them, and stop this epi- 
demic." Such is the tenor of the editorial. 

It would be nuts and balm to the board to have this added power 
to wield and money to spend, but back of this must loom the after 
effects. No one knows better than these men that even with all 
the money in the U. S. Treasury and a standing army of quar- 
antine guards they could no more stay a grippe epidemic than 
they could sweep back a storm tide with old woman's brooms. 

94 Editorial. 

But they have taught the public to believe in germs, and the re- 
action is now beginning, or, rather, the public demands something 
more than talk. 

The other day (true) a physician sent a hurry call for certain 
medicine. "Can't give it out fast enough to the grippe cases. I've 
got it myself." 

Instead of being a centre of healing he was a centre of infec- 
tion, according to the prevailing idea. 

Let the newspaper wise men turn their guns on the weather 
bureau and demand better weather, for germs or no germs, so 
long as the air resembles that of a damp cellar we will have 
grippe, pneumonia, and the like. 

Let the germ-faddist stand on two legs. "Germs are the cause 
of disease" they teach. But they teach nothing about the equally 
important fact that without "the soil" the germs are harmless. 
If one is in condition to contract a certain disease he will prob- 
ably do so, if not he can snap his fingers at the b. Pfeifer and the 
rest if his tribe. 

The secret is to have a sound mind in a sound body, and not 
get unduly excited. 

Has It? — In one of his philosophical editorials (December 
Clinique) Dr. H. V. Halbert writes, under the heading, "Looking 
Backwards," in part, as follows : 

"In this day of advanced medicine the question has arisen 
whether the homoeopathic profession has not accomplished its 
work. Well, we believe it has, but that is no argument for stop- 
ping it. Without doubt the idea of 'similia 5 is better understood 
and more practically applied than ever before ; it has made its im- 
pression upon the general school of medicine, and the uncalled for 
ridicule, which was once our lot, has given way to a more just 

Now there be those who hold that so far from Homoeopathy 
being better understood to-day a knowledge, of what it is is less 
understood than ever, and that there is an ample field even in the 
homoeopathic ranks for yeomen effort in the missionary line. 
There be those who hold even this. When a layman raises Cain 
over the fact that his homoeopathic physician had put him up 
against 70 dollars worth of drug store prescriptions in two 
weeks in a case of typhoid, it looks as though Homoeopathy had 

Current Items. 95 

either greatly advanced or in some way greatly changed. There 
are also those who hold that the mission of Homoeopathy will be 
fulfilled when all men are homoeopaths and disease has ceased to 

Mullein Oil in Deafness. — Dr. V. G. Vance, Tafel, Ind., 
writing to Ellinzvood's Therapeutist, December, has this to say 
of Mullein oil : 

"Personally, I have had some exeprience in the use of mullein 
oil. In a number of cases of simple deafness, which I thought 
were dependent upon slowly increasing catarrhal conditions of 
the ear, I have used this remedy in three minim doses, dropped 
directly into the ear three or four times each day. 

"While its influence has not always been marked, and often not 
entirely satisfactory, there are a number of cases in which marked 
benefit has been derived from this use of the remedy. I am espe- 
cially favorable to its use in conjunction with other indicated 

"It has been of direct service in a number of cases of simple 
earache in children. One drop, dropped directly into the ear, will 
often give immediate and satisfactory relief." 

Dr. Vance also says "it is not an oil. It is more the juice of the 
plant.'' This is an error. Mullein oil is a dark, aromatic liquid 
sun distilled from the bloom of the mullein plant. It is to the 
mullein what the attar of roses is to the rose. 


Dr. James W. Ward, the famous surgeon of San Francisco, 
Calif., has removed his offices to The Marsden, 1380 Suter St., 
cor. of Franklin. 

The next regular meeting (annual) of the Minnesota State 
Homoeopathic Institute will be held at Minneapolis, May 19, 20 
and 21. This is ample notice and every doctor should set his 
house in order and attend. Dr. A. E. Comstock is president and 
H. O. Skinner secretary, both of St. Paul. 

Dr. Guy E. Manning has been appointed to the seven year 
term on the San Francisco Board of Health. 


"I'm afraid of premature burial." No danger of your being buried too 
soon," replied Binks. 

Men who can stop a furious bayonet charge cannot stop the baby from 

"Does Mr. Brown keep many chickens, Rastus?" "Yes, sah, as many as 
he kin." 

When will the "regular" brother learn that the assertion that Homoeop- 
athy is "dying" has become funny. 

It is more dangerous to head the procession than to plod unnoticed in the 

The doctor saved the fellow's life. Afterward: "Doc, isn't your bill 
rather steep?" "It is," replied the doctor, "far more than the services were 
worth." Fellow looked thoughtful as he paid. 

Dr. E. L. Fish says that cider is an excellent drink for typhoid cases. 

"He that knows, and knows that he knows is wise." We all know that 
we know, hence are wise. 

Oh, well, 1908 is already an almost twice told tale. Time is purely me- 
chanical anyhow ; suppose there were no clocks ! 

What is in a name? Much when on a check. 

No, Mary, food for thought is not manufactured at Battle Creek, Mich. 

A medical editor tells us how to cure the financial condition. 

Dr. Nash's Regional Leaders is being translated into Spanish. 

Certain cheerful — ones try to make us believe that skim-milk is better 
than cream. 

A wife talking too much is a cause for divorce in China. Now let the 
wan-eyed funny man do his duty. 

Pity is a poor relation to love. 

A "complication of diseases" is the twin of "heart failure." 

Wonder if love would laugh at a modern time-lock? 

When a man tells you that truth is stranger than fiction, he is not neces- 
sarily personal. 

Dr. Doty tells us that money does not carry germs. Good ! Now you 
can take it without fear. 

Bulwer used to insist that disbelief-skepticism were evidences of a small 

"The law is an ass," said Dogberry. "The law is the perfection of human 
reason," say the lawyers. Can both be right? 

Said Jeremy Bentham, "Lawyers are the only persons in whom ignor- 
ance of the law is not punished." 

Wonder if the gentleman who got up ethylglycolicacid cester couldn't 
have hit upon a more technical term ? 

They say that deep breathing will cure broken hearts and liver com- 

"Skin diseases are but danger signals," say the advanced medics who 
have got nearer Flahnemann's Chronic Diseases. 

Take plenty of olive oil and thus soothe the mental and physical as- 
perities of life. 


Homeopathic Recorder. 

Vol. XXIII. Lancaster, Pa., March, 1908. No. 3 


Dr. Charles E. Page is a doctor in Boston town well-known 
to those who read many and varied medical journals. He is a 
man who knows what he wants to say, knows how to say it, 
and is not in the least afraid to say it. Much of what he says or 
writes is good, very good, but some of it is — well, one sided. His 
last paper appears inThe New York Medical Times, the best of 
its class, though, also, one sided sometimes. Dr. Page's last paper 
is headed "Strychnine ; Just a Thought : 'Heart Disease/ " Here 
is the gist of it : 

"This Christmas morning opens up very sadly for the Ball 
family and near relatives at Hopedale. The morning papers give 
us a lot of figures anent the prevalence of 'heart disease.' and an 
editorial on this subject gives some good advice as to the in- 
fluence of overtaxing the physical powers in the struggle for 
success in business, and of bad and over-eating; and there is an 
item of news from Hopedale telling of the fatal poisoning of 
two-year-old Catherine Ball by Strychnine pills prescibed by the 
family doctor for her mother who is said to have heart disease. 
Her small daughter was killed by a 'medicine,' every little dose 
i of which was a positive injury to the mother, bringing her a little 
nearer to her death from 'heart disease,' or, perhaps, some other 
disease resulting from the outrage inflicted upon the great central 
organ, the heart. Such accidents as this which caused the little 
girl's death are of quite frequent occurrence. One of these not 
long ago caused the death of two young children, while the in- 

98 One-Sided. 

valid mother looked on, sitting helpless in her chair while her 
dear babes ate from her box of Strychnine pills. Imagine the 
horror of it!" 

''When that good time comes which Sir Frederick Treves,. 
King Edward's physician, has recently predicted must some day 
come, when 'the people will leave off the extraordinary habit of 
taking medicine when they are sick' — it has already arrived for 
some millions of well-informed human beings, thanks to the teach- 
ings of hygienic physicians, health magazines, such as 'Physical: 
Culture,' 'Health Culture.' etc., etc., and, to be sure, to the 
'Mother Eddy' jolliers — the doctor who should prescribe Strych- 
nine, Digitalis, or other poisonous drugs, would be prosecuted 
for mal-practice, and, in case of a fatality, for manslaughter." 

Further along he takes up the case of the late King Oscar, of 
Sweden, and the only surprise expressed is that the King with- 
stood the "heroic" treatment of his doctors as long as he did. 
The treatment was the cause of his death. 

There is a great deal of truth in all this that Dr. Page says,, 
but it is one sided, for not only are the extreme druggers condemn- 
ed by him, but the drugs as well. Physical culture and health cul- 
ture are excellent things ; Mrs. Eddy has made many "cures" 
by taking the patient away from heavy drugging ; hygiene, sani- 
tation and the removal of the cause of illness are things against 
which no one can say a word of disparagement, but after all is 
said and done all these excellent measures are absolutely helpless 
when confronted by disease. 

A case is presented where the patient exhibits undoubted evi- 
dences of illness. His life, habits, dwelling, surroundings are 
corrected and, behold, the man (or patient) recovers health. But 
suppose another patient presents himself who has had all the ad- 
vantages of proper living, and all implied, yet is ill, what then? 
What can the new method men do for him? Nothing. It is 
here that the one-sidedness of the new men, if the term be allow- 
able, is revealed, and it is here that Homoeopath}- and Homoe- 
opathy only is of avail. 

Take the case related by Teste (we believe it was Teste) of 
the man who was apparently hopelessly ill. He had gone through 
drugging, hydro-therapy, change of climate, every thing, but to 
no avail. As Dr. Page would do to-day, Teste sought for the 

Meeting of American Institute. 99 

origin of the illness, others had sought for it. perhaps found it, 
but did not recognize it as the cause of the disease, nor could 
they have benefited the case, even if they had recognized the 
cause, could not because of their one-sidedness. 

The man said that some years before, in winter, he had traveled 
for 700 miles in a sleigh and had been exposed during that time 
to dry, bitter cold winds ; from that dated his illness. Clear as 
sunlight to the man who knows Homoeopathy, dark as Erebus 
to all others ! A few doses of homoeopathic Aconite restored the 
man to health. And so it is — only Homoeopathy can overcome 
real disease and God knows there is enough of it in the world. 

Ever}- school of medicine will be on< and not scientific 

until it learns when and how to use drugs — learns Homoeopathy. 


The president and first vice-president of the Institute 
visited Oklahoma City early in January and reluctantly decided 
against that city as the next meeting place of the Institute. They 
found the hotel accommodation entirely inadequate, bath rooms 
are scarce in both hotels and the ''White Temple" entirely un- 
available as a place to hold sessions. Also the hotels practically 
refused reduced rates and could promise to take care of but few 
of the Institute members, and these would be compelled to 
"double-up." two in a room. For these reasons the Committee 
decided on Kansas City, Mo., as the next place of meeting. Con- 
cerning this city the Committee reports : 

"It were perhaps a work of supererogation to speak of the 
beauties and attractions of this wonderful city. Commercially, 
physically, aesthetically, it is second to none in the United States. 
The combined population of Kansas City. Missouri, and Kansas 
City, Kansas, separated simply by an imaginary line, is nearly 
four hundred thousand. The municipalities form one great, rest- 
less, aggressive, progressive, beautiful city. High bluffs, deep 
gorges, attractive ravines, multitudes of rivulets, great rivers, 
.high land and bottoms — all give themselves to natural pictur- 

ioo Morphinum Sulphuricum. 

esqueness and artistic possibility. Millions upon millions have 
been spent in developing one of the finest park and boulevard 
systems in the world. This is, without doubt, one of the show 
cities of America. The transcontinental tourist who has simply 
passed through Kansas City, and almost every American railway 
system touches it, knows nothing of the multitudinous attractions 
of this place. The railways are in the valley out of sight ; and 
the city, on the hilltops. One must take the incline and view it 
from a high place to know that at his feet lies the pride of the 
West, beautiful Kansas City. Here are vast hotels, gorgeous 
theatres, great churches, palatial homes, wide gardens, inviting 
shade, and cool retreats. The hundred members of the local 
profession and the nearly two thousand of the States of Kansas 
and Missouri will give us hearty welcome." 

"The trip to Kansas City is easily and quickly made. It is a 
night's journey, twelve hours from Chicago: six hours from St. 
Louis ; over night from Denver : and can be reached from Xew 
York City with but one night on the sleeper." 

The main thing is the meeting itself. The meeting at Kansas 
City ought to be a rousing one. 

By John Hutchinson, M. D., New York City. 

A Proving of the 30th Centesimal Potency. 

This proving, made for the Bayard Club, of Xew York City, 
illustrates some results that may be secured by remedy proving, 
as distinct from drug proving. The two experiments are not 
identical ; they differ under the same technique in both range 
and quality of accomplishment. 

It has been found possible to avoid much of the gross dis- 
turbance caused by massive or crude drug-dosage. That method 
yields inadequate returns in definite and available symptoms. On 
the other hand, an employment of the potentized or dynamized — 
the potentiated — medicinal substance is sure to reward the com- 
petent observer with a finer grade of characteristic disturbances 

Morphinum Sulphitricum. iov 

of the organism ; that is, symptoms of graphic nature, at once 
establishing their utility as leaders in prescribing. 

Twelve persons were selected for this proving, as follows : 

Xo. I. Boy of 1 6 years, unemployed. 

No. 2 Young man. 18, accountant. 

Xo. 3. Single man. 23, physician. 

Xo. 4. Single man. 24, fireman. 

Xo. 5. Single man, 25, business, mostly indoors. 

Xo. 6. Single man. 28, commercial traveler.. 

Xo. 7. Married woman, 38, housekeeping, has had one child 

No. 8. Married man, 48, writer. 

No. 9. Single woman, 49, no employment. 

Xo. 10. Single woman, 50, teacher. 

Xo. n. Married man, 52. business, mostly out of doors. 

X'o. 12. Married man, y6, author, and literary worker. 

The first six provers (Xos. 1-6) were examples of average phy- 
sical sturdiness. Three of them were fairly athletic. All the 
twelve provers were attending to their usual duties in life, with 
which, barring one exception, the work of this proving inter- 
fered in some measure. This exception was Prover X^o. 9, the single 
woman, age 49, having no employment. Her health was greatly 
benefited by the proving, and some time later, it being thought 
best to repeat the remedy for a renewal of the improvement, one 
dose of a higher potency was given with immediate and lasting 

Prover No. 11, married man, 52, whose business kept him in 
the open air, was distinctly benefited by the proving, as shown 
by marked and sustained increase of general vigor. 

No. 4, single man, 24, in the fire department, complained of 
nothing while under the remedy. He had a few unimpressive 
objective symptoms, however, such as sallow face, disinterested 
manner, and irresponsive mental attitude. These being somewhat 
characteristic of the man (except the sallow skin) little weight 
was accorded them. 

With these three exceptions (X^os. 9, 11, and 4) certain pro- 
nounced disorders appeared in all the provers. That is, out of 
the group of twelve, nine provers developed symptoms in com- 
mon. The most obvious condition was a sore throat, a dry, burn- 

io2 Morphinum Sulphuricum. 

ing pharyngitis, in some a marked laryngitis as well, with un- 
natural and husky voice. This condition can best be described 
as one calling for Belladonna. Two provers were so ill as to de- 
mand Belladonna, which they received with consequent relief. 
These were provers who had taken Morphine 30., a tablet every 
two hours for two days. The other provers received the remedy 
once in six hours. 

Capsicum and JEsculus were remedies also thought of in the 
circumstances, but they were not prescribed. The Belladonna 
was dominant in its indications, in those provers whose distress 
demanded relief. 

It may be stated here in passing that all these provers were 
ultimately improved in health by their experience with this rem- 
edy, a fact that brings to mind the teaching of Hahnemann him- 
self ; that the proving of remedies is a healthful experience. It 
is a pity that, as a school, we do not see it in that light, or, at 
least, that we do not, as individual physicians, oftener demon- 
strate it. 

Though this proving brought out some valuable and practical 
characteristics of the remedy, Morphine in potency, it did not 
exhibit a prover so peculiarly susceptible to the medicine as to 
express in his symptomatology remarkable, striking, and unique 
effects. The desideratum in a series of provers is that one (if 
not more) shall be found who is so delicately sensitive to the 
particular substance under investigation, that his organism shall 
express the finest lines and shades of intolerance in his subjective 
symptoms. Just as we get the best proving, say, of Pulsatilla, 
from the person most susceptible to that given remedy, so it is 
ever with all remedies. We neither look nor hope for pathologi- 
cal changes in tissue. Our best expectations are for an expres- 
sion of revolt of the organism against the introduction of the 
morbific agent. Only then are we given data on which to base 
safe therapeutic conclusions and technique. 

In this series of twelve provings, that intolerance which yields 
the highest grade of symptomatology was not reached. What 
was determined belongs in a field somewhat beyond the syndrome 
of the "Morphine fiend," so-called, with which we are more or 
less familiar. His sallow cachexa, glassy eyes, egoism, and 
mendacity, are all too general and common. They do not help 

A Loner F e lt Want. 103 

us in any large area to prescribe for the individual patient ; though, 
undoubtedly, this very class of cases could be reclaimed by the 
same drug, if administered in suitable potency. 

In this series, however, was demonstrated : Dejected mental 
state. Anxiety. Apprehension of incurability. Intellection in- 
creased. Self-pity. Egoism. Mind occupied with physical con- 
dition. Nerves at high tension ; on edge. Hyperesthesia of all 
senses. Exquisite general irritability. Face red; throbs (sallow 
next day). Yellow countenance, cachectic. Unnatural expression 
of eyes, glittering, glassy, staring. Pupils contracted (with sore 
throat). Dilated (with sore throat). Loss of taste. Sneezing. 
Takes cold, though well clad. Throat dry and burn- 
ing, with fever. Congested. Bright in color. Angina. Pharyn- 
gitis. Laryngitis. Swallowing painful. Better hot drinks. 
"Worse solid food. Hoarseness. 

Probably in this series the most to be learned is from Prover 
No. 9, wdio was benefited, as stated, by the proving experience. 
For many years her health had been impaired, and she had re- 
ceived much medical treatment. Her conditions were character- 
ized by general hyperesthesia, and this state was instantly af- 
fected for the better. She had taken anodynes and soporifics for 
many years. Undoubtedly, her system demanded for its return 
to health, Morphine in potency. 

78 East 55th Street. 


By T. L. Bradford, M. D. 

Since Dr. Hill published his little book, as a guide to the 
family and the busy doctor in the practice of Homoeopathy, there 
have been issued many books, family guides, pocket doctor-books, 
ready references for the physician, monographs upon disease, 
and all have been more or less useful. The latest little volume 
to appeal to the man who wants his knowledge condensed is the 
second edition of "The Elements of Homoeopathy." Its authors, 
Dr. F. A. Boericke and E. P. Anshutz, have sought not vainly to 
include in this handsome pocket volume of 218 i2mo. pages the 

104 ^ Long Felt Want. 

facts necessary to the family prescriber, to the hurried doctor, 
^nd to the doctor who wants to know more about the Homoe- 
opathy he has so often ridiculed. It seems to be well adapted to 
the wants of each of these persons. And to compile a book that 
shall meet such widely diverse demands is by no means an easy 

The publishers say in, perhaps, the shortest preface ever writ- 
ten, "This little book, judging the way the first edition sold, 
seems to have filled 'a long felt want.' There have been some 
additions made to the new edition and the headings under Thera- 
peutics and Materia Medica have been put in black letter type." 

Like all Gaul, it is divided into three parts, although the con- 
tents page mentions but Part I and Part II. In Part I, under 
generalities, we find the name Samuel Hahnemann, followed 
by a short sketch of the life of that thinker. Next, the origin of 
Homoeopathy, with a lucid analysis of its law. Then a quiet "dig" 
at enterprising people who are always demanding "the latest," 
suggesting that the homoeopathic medicine of to-day is just the 
homoeopathic medicine of Hahnemann's time, that the medicines 
of Homoeopathy being founded upon a law have the same effects 
upon disease as they did one hundred years ago ; Provided, That 
they are prescibed according to that LAW. 

A lucid explanation of dosage and potency, a description of 
Hahnemann's "Chronic Diseases" and their theory, some remarks 
upon symptomatology and its value, a list with a short description 
of the books of our school, especially adapted for the beginner, 
■and for quick reference. 

Several pages are devoted to the manner of action of homoeo- 
pathic medicines, and the method of preparation of tinctures, di- 
lutions, attenuations, triturations, and the vehicles used in their 
dispensing, with some remarks as to how the medicines act. 

Part II. is devoted to therapeutics. The names of the prin- 
cipal diseases are given alphabetically, and, praise be, in black 
type that quickly catches the eye. After the name the more com- 
mon symptoms with the remedies oftenest required. Thus under 
•dyspepsia : "Flatulent, acid, heartburn, loose bowels, Carbo veg. 

"From indigestible food, tongue brown at the back, cramping 
or spasmodic pain, flatulence, vomiting, constipation, Nux vom, 

"Feeling of a stone in the stomach, Bryonia. 

A Long Felt Want. 105. 

"Feeling as if the stomach were loaded with undigested, hard- 
boiled eggs, Abies nigra. 

"In whiskey drinkers, Kux vom. } or Capsicum. 

"In beer drinkers, Kali bicJiromiciini. 

"From starchy food, Natniin iniir. 

"From eating rich or fat food, heartburn, Pulsatilla. 

"Hungry, but a few mouthfuls satiate, fulness, gas, Lyco- 

"Immediate relief from eating though pain comes on some time 
after, Anacardium" 

This is a fair example of the carefulness with which the thera- 
peutic section has been prepared'. The list of diseases is quite 
complete, from abscess to yellow fever, and these therapeutic 
hints are largely made up of keynotes or characteristics of the 
various remedies. This covers eighty-seven pages of this use- 
ful little book. 

Part III. is devoted to Materia Medica. The botanical name 
of the remedy is given, followed by the common name and the 
portion used in medicine. In the symptoms following, seldom 
has there been a more explicit presentation of the peculiar symp- 
toms defining the genius of the remedy. 

There is no elaborate verbiage of symptoms, but such as are 
given tell us that story that we all need to know, the story how 
to fix upon the right remedy. Thus, under Aconite, "In all 
typical Aconite cases, mental distress, anxiety, restlessness and 
fear are prominent. Effects of fright. Exposure to dry cold, 
inflammation. Bad effects of sudden chill. Neuralgia and rheu- 
matism, with numbness and tingling." Now, is this not in few 
words a picture of capillary congestion? And from it can one 
not see the picture of the remedy one needs for useful prescrib- 

We are reminded that JEsculus is for bleeding piles, when the 
rectum feels full of sticks ; Agaricus for twitching, for chorea, 
and for chilblains; Agnus for sexual atony: Ailanthus for that 
terrible malignancy of scarlet fever; Aloes for venous conges- 
tion ; Anacardium for the mental state that lies between mania 
and sanity; Ant. tart, for the rattling cough and the tendency to 
respiratory paralysis so often met with in the young and the 
very old; Apis, the puffy swelling of dropsy; Baryta for the. 

106 Going to the Original. 

prematurely aged and the dwarfed ; Belladonna for the violence 
of apoplexy; Calcarea carb. for the lack of bone formation ; Cam- 
phor, with its choleraic collapse ; Cantharis and its cystic picture ; 
the peevishness of Chamomilla; the constriction of the bodily 
orifices found under Collinsonia; the ascending paralysis of 
Conium; the bone pains of Eupatorium; the watery charms of 
Euphrasia, the lassitude of Gelsemium; the lacerations of Hyperi- 
cum; the sighs of Ignatia; the eczemas of Petroleum; the cough 
of Sticta; the delirium of Stramonium; the dinginess of Sulphur. 
All the characteristics, the pictures of the remedies are pre- 
sented in few words, but so plainly that even the novice can pre- 
scribe from them. 

This useful book has also an index combining the remedies 
and the diseases. The book is of the size easily to be carried in 
the pocket, and we predict that it will be of great value to many 
a busy and conscientious doctor. In it we find combined the best 
points in many of the previous handbooks and presented in a 
plain and easily understood manner. 



Men to-day, save the favored few, who own the right kind of 
libraries, or have access to large and properly equipped libraries, 
must take their knowledge of many things at second hand, yet, 
when they go to the original, the subject takes on new phases 
and light. What gave rise to this statement is a little pamphlet, 
the translation of Dr. Rocco Rubini's pathogenesis of Cactus 
grandiflorus, of which he was the prover, by Dr. A. Lippe, and 
printed by J. B. Rodgers in 1865. It is a rare pamphlet and 
should any reader run across a copy, our advice is to hold on to 

We can only give a point or two here concerning it. The 
translator complains that the translation by Dr. Dudgeon, in 
1864, and the German translation, by Dr. Meyer, from Dr. 
Dudgeon's rendering, are inaccurate in some respects, as "it ap- 
pears that liberties have been taken by the translator, which are 

Going to the Original. 107 

not admissible." It is not our purpose to go into the matter 
here, as it seems to be really non-essential, being errors of omis- 
sion chiefly, it seems, for Dr. Lippe says : 'The notes left out 
stamp Dr. Rubini to be a true Hahnemannian : by omitting them 
he may be claimed by the 'other side." Symptom 154 seems to 
be the chief error of commission ; in the original, as translated 
by Lippe, it reads : 

"Urine more copious than usual (the first four days 

This is translated by Dudgeon as "Less." 

Turning to more interesting matter we read in Rubini's pref- 
ace, the following statement : 

"My wife and I, on perceiving how powerfully it acted on 
the heart and circulating system, causing the shedding of tears 
and feeling of terror, had not the courage to go further in ex- 
periments which might endanger our lives." and he expresses 
the hope that others with more fortitude may continue the 
proving. The symptoms that caused this pain are thus rendered : 

Symptom 67. Very acute pain, axd such painful stitches 
IX THE heart, as to cause him to weep axd to cry out 


eight days). 

Symptom 74 reads : 

"Periodical attacks of suffocatiox, with faixtixg, cold 



Symptom 64, the famous one known to all, reads : 

'''Sexsatiox of coxstrictiox ix the heart, as if an iron 
hand prevented its normal movement (the first ten days)." 

All of our materia medica men. including T. F. Allen and J. 
H. Clarke, render this "iron band," probably following Dudgeon. 
There is, of course, no practical difference, but if Lippe is right 
in his translation, all the rest of them are wrong. There is the 
possibility that Lippe may have translated the word, or his com- 
positor have set it "hand" instead of "band." 

Some symptoms read as though they were clinical : 

90. "Many pleurisies, which are all cured in from two to four 

91. "Hepatization of the lungs, which is resolved in a few 

io8 Apis for Spontaneous Limping. 

92. "Very severe peripneumonia/' cured in four days. 

94. "Violent pneumorrhagia, which is checked in a few 
hours, and ceases entirely/' 

As to dosage, Rubini writes : "It acts with much efficacy in the 
dose 0, that is to say, the mother tincture ; it acts equally well in 
the 6th, 30th and 100th dilution (dynamization)." 

Here is another bit from the preface to the remedy, though 
why the part in italics should be put in quotation marks is not 
apparent : "The characteristics of this Cactus consists in the de- 
velopment of its action 'specifically on the heart and its blood- 
vessels, dissipating their congestions and suppressing their irri- 
tations' without weakening the nervous system, like Aconite. 
Hence it is preferable to the latter in all cases of inflammation, 
particularly in cases of lymphatic and nervous temperaments." 
Elsewhere we read, under Clinical Observations : "It is a 


promptly." Here also the dose question again appears and 
Rubini states, "In the above organic diseases, i. e. } heart diseases, 
""the dose is from one to ten drops of mother tincture mixed in 
water." Further on : "In nervous diseases of the heart the 
globules of the 6th, 30th and 100th dilutions give immediate re- 


Wolf, in his monograph on Apis mcUihca (Berlin, 1857. 
Radde, Philadelphia, 1858) writes : "Spontaneous limping is an- 
other affection which we cure with Apis. This disease which 
-causes so much distress in life, is, likewise, in its essential na- 
ture, an outburst of psora, as regards its local character and its 
•effects upon the constitution of the patient : it seems to be char- 
acterized by the same inflammatory and suppurative process as 
whitlow, and be endowed with a similar tendency to organic 
destruction." "Who has not seen coxarthrocace develop itself 
during the course of a severe cerebral disease, scarlatina or 
typhus, where the patient, on suddenly awakening to conscious- 
ness from a state of stupor, is made sensitive of the presence of 
this insidious disease, perhaps, already fully developed J Since 

Toxins. 109 

I have used Apis, I have never had to deplore such saddening 

•"According to my observation, we may regard Apis as a 
specific remedy for spontaneous limping; every new trial con- 
firms me in this statement." 

Wolf was led to this use of Apis by "American Provings, 
symptom 917, 'Painful soreness in the left hip- joint, immediately 
after taking a dose of Apis 2, afterwards debility, unsteadiness, 
trembling in this joint.' " This "is the only symptom 
that seems to indicate the curative power of Apis in this dis- 
tressing malady." 

When the psoric taint is fully developed Apis gives place to 
Kali carb.. and later, perhans, to Silicca. 


A regular editor' 1 Medical Council) seems to be a little tangled 
up in comparing such remedies, used by the homoeopaths, as 
BaciUinum, Medorrhinum, Psorinum and the rest of them, and 
those which to-day, in a very crude form, bear the sanction of 
that chameleon known as scientific medicine. He confesses to 
have been made just a little dizzy in reading one of Dr. J. C. 
Burnett's books in which such remedies are prescribed, "yet here 
we are working medical editors overtime in an effort to make 
an old theory appear new." i. c. working the bacterial vaccines, 
the "opsonic" what-you-may-call-'ems, etc. — serums, like lymphs, 
seeming to be back numbers now. But the point of the matter is 
his assertion concerning the homoeopathic nosodes, namely, "All 
these were so prepared as to kill the bacteria, but preserve the 
toxines." Ay, there's the rub that makes a joy of bacterial 
science and a fearsome mystery. Time was when it was the 
micro-organism, the bacillus, or, in the language of the unre- 
generate, "the bug," that did the mischief. Now, it is not that 
many named bug that is at fault, but his toxin, and what a toxin 
is no one seems to quite know, and all have but a very hazy idea 
concerning it. Whether the homoeopaths, in the preparation of 
their nosodes, "kill the bacilli and preserve the toxines" or not, 
is a very puzzling question. 

no Objective Symptoms. 

They take from a given and typical case of tuberculosis, diph- 
theria, or any other disease, the bacilli, or what is coughed up 
from the lungs of a consumptive or swabbed from the throat of 
a diphtheritic case, and triturate it with sugar of milk for many 
hours; this trituration, i to 10, is again triturated in the same 
proportion with fresh sugar of milk, making the 2x, and so on 
up to the 6x. The 6x trituration is then thoroughly dissolved 
and run up with alcohol to the 30th, 100th, or to any other centesi- 
mal potency desired. Whether in the, say, 30th potency, there is 
any toxin left, is a question, but there is a most powerful some- 
thing there. What is it? Hahnemann, for want of a better 
name, called it the "spirit-like" power, and the scientific ones of 
his day laughed at him as they do to-day. Perhaps they mistake 
scepticism for scientific acumen. Be it either way, the curative 
power is there and it is not toxines, though it may be developed 
from them as light is from radium. 

By Dr. Oemisch. 

To the newcomer in Homoeopathy our collection of disease 
pictures presents the greatest difficulties. He has heard from the 
mouths of his celebrated university clinicians, that the only im- 
portant symptoms of disease are those from among which the 
particular sickness, the diagnosis, can be objectively established. 
All else is non-essential and without meaning, especially does 
one not dare to guide himself by subjective statements. The 
diagnosis establishes the point of view ; in the vast majority of 
instances it indicates the therapy. Now comes Homoeopathy 
teaching that we can in no wise be satisfied therewith and that 
the subjective symptoms of the sick are of the very greatest im- 
portance in the choice of the remedy, and that when we have 
made a diagnosis, our real difficulties have only begun, i. c, the 
choosing of the remedy. 

i [ere the young proselyte at once raises the objection that we 
thus depend upon a most unsafe and doubtful requirement, for 
we make ourselves dependent upon the subjective statements of 

Objective Symptoms. in 

the patient who frequently himself does not know the nature of 
his sensations, and who wittingly or unwittingly opens the door 
to self deception. Building upon such an uncertain ground must 
lead to mistakes of the gravest consequence and how is it with the 
children, the unconscious or deaf and dumb where all subjective 
complaints fail? To the first named, this objection is on super- 
ficial examination, indeed, troublesome, and evidently legitimate. 
After I had been a homoeopath some years I met a student friend, 
then a private docent on surgery. Naturally, the conversation 
turned upon Homoeopathy ; he related that he had once looked 
into a homoeopathic practice and found many curious subjective 
symptoms therein, some of which he mentioned. I still hear his 
laughter — and since that time concluded that he was done with 
this "science." I don't remember my answer, evidently I did not 
remain owing one, for I was already an enthusiastic adherent of 
Homoeopathy. The conversation on the street was short and 
had no sequences. I remember how bitter I had found these 
weak sides of our method and how gladly I would have given 
the so-called rubbish of one subjective symptom provings for 
some" objective ones. Later I obtained a true insight into the 
necessity for these subjective pictures of provings, but on the 
•other hand, I made it my duty to zealously sieze every open 
symptom that I could perceive upon the sick. Thus, from the 
Tirgings of bitter necessity I slowly learned to recognize objective 
symptoms in their own drug settings. Unfortunately, our text 
hooks jiot infrequently fail us more or less in this respect ; the 
compilers themselves do not seem to have known them ac- 
curately. Their grains of wheat mostly lie quite hidden in a mass 
of chaff where they are difficult or impossible to find. The 
practical text book of materia medica is yet to be written. 

There is a book, truly, that may help and always give certain 
advice, von Bcenninghauseh's Repertory. This pocket-book be- 
came my teacher. In this experiment it also stood the test. He 
who does not wish to continually get into perplexities in prac- 
tice must refer to it again and again. Confessedly, its use must 
be learned, for constant exercise makes the master. 

Take the case of a child with pneumonia ; what shall we do in 
this instance Subjective manifestations are certainly not over- 
plentiful. Shall we merelv say that it is shown, statistically or 

H2 Objective Symptoms. 

by experience, that of all remedies Phosphorus has been the most 
helpful in the lung inflammations of children, hence we will give 
it? He who speaks thus, handles the disease from an allopathic 
standpoint, with homoeopathic remedies. Xo ! YVe must ask 
ourselves much more; that for which our remedy stands, is the 
sum of its proved symptoms, as related to the conditions of the 
present sickness. To find out this is most difficult, if we also 
observe the objective symptoms of our sick. 

Within the meaning of "objective symptoms" are not only the 
so-called pathognomonic symptoms which may be called objec- 
tive symptoms of the first class but we may also extend their 
scope much further. Every illness which we or the laity may ob- 
serve with our five, sound senses conclusively depicts an objec- 
tive symptom. Among these are found exactly those which are 
of decisive import in the choice of the remedy. 

It is not my intention to define these symptom- more closely ; 
their number is far too great for that and I also question whether 
anyone can give a comprehensive summary of them. I will. 
therefore, only select some of the most important ones. 

Referring to the above-mentioned case of pneumonia of child- 
hood, let us predicate a condensation of the lower lobe, fever 
102.2 to 104, pulse quick but strong, breathing quickened, cough 
and expectoration absent ; as I have too often witnessed, in op- 
position to our text books. The patient complains only of heat 
and shortness of breath. We next observe the posture of the 
patient. He lies on his back; is that strange? He must lie in 
some position, I hear some one say. Very well ! but why does he 
not lie on his side His relatives even state that before his 
sickness he always desired to sleep on his right side. I saw de- 
sired to sleep, for in sleep most persons assume the position in 
which they are best able to go to sleep and -lee]). ( Naturally, 
there are patients, who, like well people, can sleep in any posi- 
tion.) Therefore, lying upon the back must be a necessity for 
our patient; furthermore, he asked for another pillow and was 
more comfortable when lying with the head high ; another objec- 
tive symptom. Again, he put his arms out upon the cover, as 
often as his parents tried to cover them up, in the mistaken belief 
that he might take cold. Even during sleep he stuck them out. 
That makes three objective symptoms that distinctly point to at 

Objective Symptoms. 113 

definite remedy which we will readily find with our Boenning- 
hausen. Aggravation from lying on the side and from warm 
wrapping, as well as amelioration when lying with the head high, 
are three symptoms which find no place in the imagination of the 
patient and objectively individualize our case of pneumonia. Ex- 
perience teaches that the remedy chosen, by reflecting over the 
case, cures the attack. 

( )bjective manifestations, of the greatest importance in prac- 
tice, appear in subacute and chronic, as well as acute sic) 
It is in these particularly, that Homoeopathy, when rightly 
handled, glories in her triumph. If we rightly observe and learn 
to use these symptoms we will enjoy the greatest satisfaction in 
treating chronic cases. Light and simplicity at once come into 
the chaos of the most inexplicable and unheard of complaints: 
with the c nsequence that we can, withoul reserve, place our 
reliance on such symptoms because of the absolute impossibility 
a false apprehension or subjective delusions. 

Again, in most instances, the position of the patient in bed is 
of the utmost importance. Many remedies 'and patients) have 
amelioration in the dorsal position. I may mention Bry., Cale. e., 
Kali e.. Lye.. Puis., Rhus tox., often also Plws. and Sul.; while 
.Irs.. Canst., Cham.. Coloe., Cup.. loo!., Nux v., Sep. and Sil. r 
also do not tolerate the dorsal decubitus well. This is truly a 
whole array of polychrests. Furthermore, there is a whole series 
of remedies unable to bear lying on the left side. Naturally, those 
which affect the heart c tand at the head : Aco. } Cact., Colch., 
Kalm.. Xat. e.. Xat. m.. Xai. s., Plws., Pul., Sep., Sil. and SuL 
in no wise exhaust the group whose consideration in the main 
is not restricted to heart remedies. Am. m., Mag. m.. Merc, Xu.v 
t\. and numerous others lie on the right side poorly. \\ nether 
the liver plays a role in this, as we might infer from the remedies 
named, remains undecided. Whether the patient can lie on the 
affected or painful side is often important. Naturally, we must 
consider that the pressure of the bodily weight on this side may 
become disagreeable, therefore, is avoided; the number of rem- 
edies belonging to this category is truly great, so that one is 
not inclined to count or make note of them. Just that much 
more important, however, are the remedies in which the patient 
lies on the painful side a number of polychrests: Bry., Cale. c. r 

114 Objective Symptoms. 

Canst., Cham., Coloc, Flu. ac, Ign. } Puis, and Stann., while 
Kali c. and Rhus tox. have it, but not characteristically. Finally, 
sometimes the question, as to whether patients would rather lie 
with the head high, comes into question. According to my ob- 
servations most patients with heart and respiratory troubles do 
not like the head low. It is, therefore, unquestionably evident 
that we will find a remedy among Ant. t., Ars., Puis, and Spig., 
or, again, Arg., Chin., Colch., Hep., Kali n., etc. (When they 
prefer the head low think of Verat. vir.) B. 

The behavior of the patient toward the heat of the bed is 
highly important. Often enough we get nothing at all, or little 
of importance to the question as to whether heat or cold are more 
bearable. Truly, the question in this form often admits but 
poorly of an answer. Instead, every patient knows how to tell 
accurately whether he must cover himself to his throat or 
whether, on the contrary, some other part of the body must be 
uncovered. The restless sleeper will often unconsciously do the 
latter. The chilly person awakes because the uncovered part 
becomes cold and then covers himself again ; the other will not 
be awakened thereby. For chilly persons, Ars., Aur., Bell., Bry., 
Cocc., Colch., Con., Dulc, Hep., Mer., A'at. c, A r at. m., Nux 
m., Nux v., Psor., Rhod., Rhus t., Samb., Sep., Sil. are es- 
pecially suitable; my numerous observations on the sick also add 
Caust. and Kali c. For the opposite condition, we have mainly : 
Bor., Calc. c, Ferr., Iod., Kali iod., Led., Lye., Pul., Sec. c, 
Snl. and Verat. a. 

But few sick have a healthy, undisturbed sleep. Very many 
complain of nightly restlessness ; they awake repeatedly and find 
no restful position and even toss about during sleep. Who would 
not here think of Rhus tox. immediately? But Ars., Calc. c, 
Carb. v., Cham., Cimi., Cup., Hyos., Ign., Lach., Merc, Nux v., 
Pul., Sep., Sil., Staph., Stram., Snl., Thuj., Valer., Zinc, etc., 
also belong here. Naturally, we must note the exact cause 
of the restlessness. He who can not go to sleep turns over and 
over, hence restlessness is the result. Mostly, however, it is 
the reverse, and the sufferer does not rest because of the pains 
( i. c, Rhus t.) or the heat of the bed feels oppressive (/. c, Puis.. 
Sul.) or because his sufferings become worse at night (7. e., 
Kali iod.). Often an internal nervousness is the cause (i. c, 
Valer.). ' 

Objective Symptoms. 115 

Another important symptom, usually taken objectively, is the 
time when the symptoms appear. Many sicknesses show them- 
selves at very definite times. One has an early morning diar- 
rhoea, another's head always aches toward noon, the third has 
a cough in the evening, and, finally, a fourth becomes asthmatic 
about midnight. This important subject was so thoroughly de- 
lineated by Sanitarist Dr. Ide. a year ago, that I need not persue 
it further. 

Whether motion or rest is more bearable to the patient is 
readily seen. Here we can draw from a large number of rem- 
edies. It is much the same with the influence of light and dark- 
ness, the various kinds of weather, atmospheric changes, etc. But 
here we enter the borderland lying between objective and sub- 
jective symptoms. 

The appearance of the expectoration takes us into the midst 
of objective symptoms again. It is often very characteristic and 
plainly points to definite remedies. Who does not recognize the 
yellow, stringy mucus which almost invariably demands Kali hi.? 
We note the color of the expectoration (mixed with a little 
blood), the quantity, its solubility, odor or consistency. Of 
similar portent is the nature of the blood during menstruation, 
menorrJiagia or abortion. Here the acute observer notes many 
differences ; the blood is bright red, dark, fluid, lumpy, odorous 
or acrid. The leucorrhcea has just as many peculiarities. 

It is often very necessary or useful to get an accurate descrip- 
tion of the stool. Many remedies have quite characteristic mo- 
tions. In diarrhoea we are, indeed, almost completely guided 
by objective symptoms as. i. e., in little children. Who will say 
that these patients are, for this reason, more difficult to handle 
and cure? 

The urine also depicts a lot of variations from the natural, 
which often influence the choice of the remedy. 

I will skim over the skin diseases. Even if we can see in 
them the most of all symptoms, it is no secret that the form^ 1 if 
eruption, for instance, unfortunately, do not point conclusively to 
the remedy. However, some definite fornix stand in close re- 
lationship to certain remedies. The seat of the eruption often 
characterizes particular drugs, i, c, the edges of the hair, bends 
of joints, about the scrotum, etc. In moist forms, the nature of 

u6 Objective Symptoms. 

the secretion as well as the odor is often noteworthy. Further. 
local sweats are of great importance. Cold sweat on the forehead 
is a well-known characteristic of Veratrum album. A sweat on 
the head during sleep points to Calc. c. or Sil. in children. Finally, 
footsweat, a great distress to the patient, is important, and of 
additional significance when it has been suppressed by some ex- 
ternal measure. 

Ulcers, and the nature of their secretions, are highly import- 
ant objective symptoms. Boenninghausen devotes a number of 
pages to them. 

At the first glance there seems no greater subjective symptom 
than the voice, and yet how rarely is it in reality subjective. Ac- 
cording to my experience, we ordinarily get the best grasp of it 
by examining the situation instead of the patient. Here, also, 
wilful, or involuntary delusions are good, as excluded, because 
from long observation, nothing is as apparent as the state of 
the mind wdiich frequently enough bears the whole impress of its 
environment. I need only mention the irritability of Nux vomica, 
the morbidness of Staphysagria, the weeping of Pulsatilla, or 
the indifference of Phosphoric acid. 

As important as the preceding objective symptoms, indeed, are, 
they take a very inferior rank, as compared with the greatest 
and weightiest symptom obtainable, namely, the combined im- 
press that the patient makes upon us. There are a great number 
of remedies holding the closest relation to certain types and ex- 
ternal peculiarities. Who does not know the Baryta child, with 
its open mouth, giving the whole face such a stupid expression 
that to avoid our gaze it shrinks behind its mother from whence 
it timidly observes us ! Whose spiritual eye does not see Calc. c. 
when a thick-set, blonde person slowly ascends a step laboriously 
gasping for breath while he wipes beads of sweat from his fore- 
head and face. Just so it is no riddle to the initiated what rem- 
edy this large, lanky blonde needs whose spiritual face betrays 
such intense sensitiveness that she starts at every noise, and in 
addition has a dry, hacking cough. As truly as she needs Phos., 
so surely is Sul. the constitutional remedy for the thin, snuffling 
snooper who saunters in with poorly brushed clothes, drooping 
■shoulders and reddened lid margins, and yonder rotund woman 
with red cheeks and deep shadows about the eyes, closing her 

Facts About Variolinum. 117 

■ears to the noises of the children and hurrying into the open air 
lias, without further inquiry, certainly a Sepia nature. Enough ! 
These are all too evident objective symptoms, and he who does 
not know them will experience many mischances in his practice. 
I close my experiences, naturally, without imagining that I 
have exhausted the theme. He who glances through the materia 
medica will find that almost every remedy possesses a number of 
typical objective ■symptoms which do not repeat the same com- 
bination under any other, but indicating them would overstep 
the bounds of this brochure. My effort has only been to properly 
bring into relief the important and prominent ones ; setting them 
in their true light in the disease sketch. He who, from this, be- 
lieves that he can neglect real subjective symptoms, more or less, 
even if they seem unsafe and not indicative, will find it a costly 
mistake, for they belong to the disease picture just as much as 
the objective ones and are only in evidence more because they 
make use of the gift of gab. Both have the same weight. A 
one-sided view of the disease picture leads very certainly to a 
partial, therefore, a false choice. If we want to be homoeopaths 
in the best sense of the word we need all the evidences in every 
case in order to heal quickly, safely and pleasantly. — Translated 
by Dr. C. M. Boger from an article by Dr. Oemisch, of Halle, 
in the December Zeitschrift des Berliner Vereins Horn. Aertz. 

By Charles Woodhull Eaton, M. D., Des Moines, Iowa. 

(This is a condensation of the paper read by Dr. Eaton, at 
Jamestown, and ordered reprinted and circulated in pamphlet 
form by the Institute. The paper is excellent throughout, but 
too long to be reprinted entire in the Recorder.) 

The entire matter of internal vaccination by means of Varioli- 
num is comprised in the answer to three simple questions: 

First. \Yhat is Variolinum? 

Second. Is its use, as a greatly improved form of vaccination, 
reasonable ? 

Third. Has the test of actual experience demonstrated its ef- 
fectiveness ? 

n8 Facts About Variolinum. 

First. What is Variolinum? A pertinent and necessary in- 
quiry it would seem ; for the leading editorial in a recent issue of 
one of our ablest Journals refers to it as "a drug.'' As a matter 
of fact, Variolinum is the contents of the ripened pustule of 
small-pox. It is not the contents of a vaccine pustule. It is the 
virus of variola ; not the virus of vaccinia. It is the virus of 
small-pox ; not the virus of cow-pox. There has been some con- 
fusion on this point. Our pharmacies afford both Variolinum 
and Vaccininum, with the result that the two preparations have 
been mistaken for each other. 

The importance of this distinction is evident when it is re- 
membered that any immunity conferred by cow-pox virus is in- 
direct; conferred by small-pox virus, it is direct. 

Second. Is the use of Variolinum reasonable? 

It is reasonable 

(a) If an individual may be rendered immune to a given 
disease by inoculation with the virus of that disease, in the proper 
preparation and amount ; and 

(b) If the virus of disease is effective when administered by 
the mouth, as distinguished from administration hypodermically 
or by scarification. 

These two propositions demand close attention and exact 
thinking. For just here is the very core of the whole matter. Xo 
loose and hazy "general impressions," and no half-and-half con- 
clusions will do here. We must advance cautiously ; weigh our 
words ; reach definite and clear-cut conclusions ; and then stand by 
them. In this spirit of unbiased precision let us take up each in 
its turn. 

(a) May then an individual be rendered immune to a given 
disease by the administration of the virus of that disease in the 
proper preparation and amount? 

Behind this question lies an enormous amount of experimental 
research which bears upon it as directly as if instituted for the 
sole purpose of determining the answer. For you will not fail to 
observe that all the work done in the entire field of serum therapy 
rests absolutely upon the proposition that immunity is obtained 
by the administration of the virus of the disease. I am especially 
anxious not to be misunderstood just here. We have nothing to 
do just now with the question of the merits or demerits of serir 

Facts About Variolinum. 119 

therapy as a mode of treatment. We are not concerned with the 
•question what these serums accomplish, but solely with the ques- 
tion how these serums are obtained. Stop and think closely for 
a moment. These serums are all obtained from animals rendered 
immune to a disease by the administration of the virus of that 
disease. Every animal that ever furnished a serum is an affirma- 
tive answer to this question. Every animal is evidence that im- 
munity is obtained by the administration of the virus of the dis- 

(b) Now, for the second question ; and again I invite that 
pointed attention which has in it the decisive quality. Is the 
virus of disease effective when administered by the mouth as dis- 
tinguished from administration hypodermically or by scarifica- 
tion ? Must it be by the hypodermic syringe, or may it be by the 
mouth ? Is disease virus absorbed, actually taken into the system 
when swallowed Are its characteristic reaction and its im- 
munizing impress upon the system, obtained only when it is in- 
jected? Or are they also so obtained when it is ingested? 

Never mind the theory, what we want is the fact. And again 
I avoid trespass on your time by citing at once an established 
and conspicuous fact, namely, the danger from ingestion of 
tuberculous milk and meat. Why dangerous? Because disease 
products do make their impress on the system when ingested. 
The protest of the medical world when Koch maintained that 
bovine tuberculosis was not transmissible to man, and the quick 
and earnest demonstration that he was in error, are still fresh 
in your minds. In Great Britain this assertion of Koch caused 
the appointment of a Royal Commission to investigate. I have 
before me their "Second Intermediary Report," an extended 
and elaborate document published this year. They say, "Of the 
total sixty cases (of hrhuan tuberculosis) investigated by us, 
twenty-eight possessed clinical histories indicating that in them 
the bacillus was introduced through the alimentary canal. * * 

These facts indicate that a very large proportion of tubercu- 
losis contracted by ingestion [italics mine] is due to tubercle 
bacilli of bovine source." 

But the comparative amount required by the two methods of 
inoculation in order to produce toxic effects, does not now con- 
cern us. The question is not one of size of dose, but simply 

120 Facts About Variolinum. 

whether actual inoculation results from swallowing disease prod- 
ucts in any dose. And the answer furnished by the investiga- 
tions of the British Royal Commission, and by the establishment 
of our own systems of meat and milk inspection, is so undeniable 
and so pointed, that it would seem to be a waste of your time to 
indulge its further consideration. So, again, I ask you to come 
squarely to the scratch. If your answer is "yes," let it be clear 
and decisive. 

Reverting now to the original query, is the use of Variolinum 
reasonable? there seems to be no escape from an affirmative 
answer. We have seen that it is the virus of small-pox : we have- 
seen how complete is the demonstration that an individual may 
be rendered immune to a given disease by the proper administra- 
tion of its virus ; we have seen how experience has so amply 
demonstrated inoculation by swallowing, that that fact has com- 
pelled the enactment of food inspection laws. How then can we 
escape the verdict that the use of Variolinum is reasonable.?" 
In a word, we have first the virus, second the law of immuniza- 
tion, and third, the fact of inoculation by ingestion. Is internal 
vaccination reasonable? The answer is inevitable. 

So much for the scientific basis. It remains to inquire whether 
the test of actual experience has demonstrated its effectiveness. 

The small-pox epidemic of five years ago (which, indeed, has 
not yet wholly disappeared) afforded a rare opportunity for just- 
such a test. Up to the time of this epidemic, most physicians had 
never seen a case of small-pox, much less had they any chance to 
test its prophylaxis. But with its onset, all this was changed, 
and experience with both methods of vaccination accumulated 
rapidly. What was the verdict of this experience regarding the 
internal method? How did Variolinum stand the test in actual 
practice ? 

This is a simple question of fact and should be answered by 
the actual figures. So I asked some of my Iowa colleagues who 
I knew were the users of the new vaccination to contribute their 
experience in the following particulars : 

I. Number whom you protected by Variolinum 

II. Number that you know to have been exposed to small-pox: 
after taking Variolinum 

III. Number who had small-pox after taking Variolinum.. . . * 

Facts About Variolinum. 121 

In making this request, I was careful to write, "I trust that 
reference to your case book, ledger and other records will enable 
you to make your figures on these three points definite and exact. 
May T ask that in any uncertain cases such ones be omitted from 
your report, to the end that the figures may be conservative, and 
an understatement rather than an overstatement." 

This suggestion was cordially received, all those reporting 
their experience being careful to have their figures well inside the 
facts. So much so that the total number they vaccinated by the 
internal method was much larger than the figures given, because 
their records were not complete enough to enable them to report 
the full number. One of the most careful observers wrote that he 
presumed he had used Variolinum in twice as many cases as he 
reported, but had not the records to verify the figures. Because 
of this care on their part to make the report of their experience 
conservative, I take pleasure in presenting the following com- 
bined experience : 

Number Protected 
by Variolinum 

Nuuiber known to have 
been exposed to smallpox 
after taking Variolinum 

Number who had smallpox 
after taking Variolinum. 




As already noted, the total number of Variolinum vaccinations 
was, in fact, materially greater than the figures indicate, because 
of rigid conservatism in reporting. But to a still greater degree 
are the reported number of exposures less than those which 
actually occurred, for the terms of the report were severe, namely, 
""Number that you know to have been exposed to small-pox." 
Necessarily the number known to have been exposed must have 
been far less than the number actually exposed. And here again 

*I am indebted for these reports to Drs. C. B. Adams, Sac City; E. C. 
iirown, Madrid; E. N. Bywater, Iowa Falls; A. P. Hanchett, Council 
Bluffs; A. H. Hatch, Des Moines; T. L. Hazard, Iowa City; H. M. 
Humphrey, Lake City; J. W. Laird, Mt. Pleasant; A. M. Linn, Des 
Moines ; H. E. Messenger, Des Moines ; P. J. Montgomery, Council Bluffs ; 
George Royal, Des Moines; L. W. Struble, West Liberty. It is but just 
to say that these are all well known Iowa practitioners of character and 
standing. Two are members of the State Board of Health, and a third was 
also a member of that body when the small-pox epidemic was at its height. 

122 Facts About Variolinum. 

the scientific caution of the reporting physician is conspicuous, 
and commendable. For example, one of them who reports only 
eight known exposures, expresses the opinion that ioo were 
"doubtless exposed. ,, 

Many of these reported "Exposures" were of severe character,, 
as for instance the following : 

"Mrs. A. R., aged 64. Had never been vaccinated. Found 
her nursing her son who was in the pustular stage of small-pox. 
Gave Variolinum I2x five disks every four hours. On the fifth 
day had a severe general headache with a temperature of 102.5. 
The next day one vesicle appeared on the face. The tempera- 
ture subsided on the fifth clay. She had sole care of her con- 
valescing son and herself all the time." (Dr. Royal.) 

"I had three different houses where one of the inmates had 
small-pox. In one house there were six inmates. One of their 
number had small-pox. The other five had never been vaccinated. 
I used the Variolinum on three, the other two I scarified. None 
of them took small-pox. In the other two houses there were four 
and five inmates besides the one stricken. I gave Variolinum 
to all of them and none of them took the disease." (Dr. Laird.) 

"One case began atypically, was taken to the hospital where 
he was visited by a number of relatives, was worked over by in- 
ternes and nurses by the hour to relieve a severe pain in an old 
appendicular scar, thus fully exposing, at least, twenty people. 
To every one of them Variolinum was given and not one of them 
took the disease. This was a marked case and w T as in the pest- 
house for about four weeks." (Dr. Hazard.) 

"I know positively of eleven that were exposed to small-pox 
and w r ere continuously in the room with the sick. Of that num- 
ber, two had what I thought to be the initial fever of small-pox„ 
but no eruption appeared, and in three days all the trouble had 
subsided." (Dr. Humphrey.) 

"Family of J. S. Three cases of small-pox developed in family 
before I was called in. Four other members of family, two- 
young men who had never been vaccinated, and the parents who 
had been vaccinated. Administered Variolinum to all four and 
none of them developed small-pox, though in constant and direct 
contact with the sick members of the family." (Dr. Adams.) 

"February, 1901. V. H. Developed small-pox. His wife who 

Facts About Variolinum. 123 

liad been vaccinated, and three children who had not been vac- 
cinated, were given Variolinum. They lived in the same house, 
•and slept in the same room with him during all of his sickness, 
yet none of them contracted the disease." (Dr. Adams.) 

''March, 1902. D. L. Four of family developed small-pox. 
His wife and five children, none of whom had been vaccinated, 
were given Variolinum. Within forty-eight hours the oldest son 
developed symptoms of small-pox, but his attack was very light. 
All other members of the family, though living in the same house 
and directly exposed through attendance on the sick, escaped all 
symptoms of the disease." (Dr. Adams.) 

"March, 1902. F. R. Young man aged thirty, developed 
-small-pox. His mother and an adult sister who lived with him, 
neither of whom had been vaccinated, were given Variolinum. 
They attended and nursed him through a very virulent attack 
and neither contracted the disease." (Dr. Adams.) 

"March, 1902. C. S. A young man, aged 24, developed small- 
pox. His father and mother were given Variolinum and both 
escaped the disease, though in constant attendance upon him." 
(Dr. Adams.) 

"Gave Variolinum 30X for one week. That day her brother 
came home with a well developed case of small-pox. The girl 
nor her mother had neither ever been vaccinated before. I at 
once gave the mother Variolinum.. They were quarantined 35 
days with the case of small-pox and neither of them contracted 
the disease." (Dr. Bywater.) 

"Girl. Given Variolinum in October, 1904. Was quarantined 
35 days this spring with three cases of small-pox and did not 
contract the disease. Was of that type that takes everything 
that comes along, but escaped this time." (Dr. Bywater.) 

"Ethel Stevens. Then aged six, was given Variolinum 30X in 
January, 1902. Have had small-pox in the family three times 
since the Variolinum was given, was never vaccinated or pro- 
tected in any other way, has been exposed, at least, each of these 
three times, and has never showed a symptom of the disease. Her 
grandfather died of it, her brother was very sick with it (the 
worst case of small-pox I ever attended) in March, 1903, and 
some cousins had it a year later, and she has been with them 
all and never contracted the disease." (Dr. Brown.) 

124 Facts About Variolinum. 

"Two children who had never been vaccinated I protected by 
Variolinum. An uncle had small-pox some two or three months 
after, and they were exposed, but did not take the disease.'' 
(Dr. Brown.) 

Of the fourteen who had small-pox after the use of Varioli- 
num, one was a mild case of small-pox occurring two years after ;. 
three were not strictly within the limitations of the test, as they 
"had also been vaccinated by scarification a short time previous 
to the attacks of small-pox." In addition to the fourteen cases 
reported, there were three others, but "in each of these cases the 
symptoms appeared within 72 hours after the first dose, thereby 
proving that infection had occurred before the administration 
of the remedy." 

The evident deduction to be drawn from these few cases is 
that the protection afforded is not absolute and without a single 
break; but that in exceptional instances, small-pox will occur in 
spite of the fact that Variolinum had been used. 

But the same is true of the scarification method ; and experi- 
ence shows that small-pox occurs after scarification with much 
greater frequency than it occurs after the use of Variolinum. 
That the old vaccination often fails to protect, has been the per- 
sonal observation of all those who have had to do with small-pox 
epidemics ; while the numerous deaths in the army of the Philip- 
pines, in spite of the Government's painstaking vaccination and 
re-vaccination of the troops, is fresh in the minds of all. The 
same fact is indicated in the reports of the Registrar-General for 
England and Wales, which show for the year 1879 to 1884, a 
total number of deaths from small-pox among those who had 
been vaccinated of 1,648 persons. 

With these few words of comment I have the honor to place 
before the Institute the above figures of actual experience with 
the internal method of vaccination by the administration of 
Variolinum. The 2,806 cases, the 547 known exposures, and the 
fourteen instances of small-pox, should constitute a sufficiently- 
extended test to satisfy all scientific requirements. Further than 
this, it must be remembered that the figures submitted represent 
the experience of only a few of the Iowa physicians using Varioli- 
num, and constitute but a fraction of the total Iowa experience. 
And with striking unanimity the physicians using it have come to 

Facts About Variolinum. 125 

be strong adherents of the Variolinum method, though many be- 
gan its use with decided skepticism. 

My own personal experience is not included in the above re- 
ports. It seems to me so important that this inquiry be scru- 
pulously judicial in its spirit, that I omit my personal figures, so 
that this presentation of the matter shall have in it nothing of the 
bias of the advocate. 

Proceeding then to the test of actual experience, we have 
passed in review a series of 2,806 vaccinations with Variolinum, 
including 547 exposures and 14 cases of small-pox. Shown thus 
by clinical test to be remarkably effective in actual practice, as 
well as scientifically correct in principle, the demonstration stands 
complete. The use of Variolinum is sound in theory and con- 
spicuously successful in practice. It, therefore, does not ask our 
acceptance, it demands it. As scientific men, we are at liberty to> 
indulge our whim about the matter. It is not something that 
asks our support. The demonstration is placed squarely before 
us, and a demonstration never requests, it demands. We must 
do Homoeopathy the injustice of giving this, one of its most suc- 
cessful and useful outgrowths, a partial and equivocal recogni- 
tion, just because it happens to be strange to us. This splendid 
piece of practice is not new, it has its roots in the past, though 
we may not have known it. And we must not injure the cause 
by refusing to recognize its value, just because we happen not 
to have been conversant with it. We cannot afford to play with 
the question, and temporize with it, and half way repudiate it, 
until in the course of time some one of our opponents shall make 
a w T onderful discovery, and cultivating the small-pox virus 
through old horses or prolific guinea pigs, produce an uncertain 
and inferior product combined with some secret antiseptic to pre- 
serve it, which yet shall retain sufficient activity to make possible 
the announcement of another great advance, to be used for the 
good of humanity, — and the discomfiture of Homoeopathy. 

Variolinum is distinctly our own, as distinctively as is Aconite 
or Lachesis or Lycopodium, and its immense value should be 
gladly recognized and vigorously claimed. It is a high honor 
to Homoeopathy, and we cannot, we must not, let our individual 
lack of familiarity with it bar it out from its proper place. An 
unfamiliarity that costs Homoeopathy so much, is a heavy 

126 H-M-C. 

responsibility. When so much is at stake, it is not optional with 
us whether we will know or remain uninformed. In such cir- 
cumstances, we are under the highest obligations to know ; and 
failure to inform ourselves is, in the words of the Organon, "a 

Let us take to ourselves the earnest admonition which a shrewd 
old Sioux Indian woman impressed upon her grandson, — "When 
you see a new trail, or a footprint that you do not know, follow 
it to the point of knowing." 


Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder: 
My Dear Sir: 

In the January issue of your journal you make some comments 
upon my article in the American Physician, which are unjust and 
uncalled for. If you gentlemen of the homoeopathic school have 
been treated badly and unjustly, it ought to be the best reason h* 
the world for your avoidance of indulging in a similar Fault. You 
find fault with my remark, that at the time Hahnemann made his 
observations the influence of suggestion was unknown. Is this 
not true? Does it not apply to the therapeutics of every school? 
There is no slur in this against Homoeopathy, for it is simply a 
statement of fact. It is only of recent years that any of us has 
begun to comprehend how much of the effect which we attributed 
to our drugs was really due to suggestion. This fact in itself 
renders questionable all the data recorded as to therapeutic action 
in the past. There was nothing said in my paper to indicate that 
I credited all the data recorded by Hahnemann to suggestion, but 
only that the influence of this principle was not appreciated at the 
time. Still more unjust are your remarks implying that my 
advocacy of the alkaloids is simply commercial. I have no patent 
on the alkaloids. They are not protected by any species of 
monopoly, but are absolutely free for every pharmacist to furnish 
if he chooses. Why, then, should I be charged with commercial- 
ism in their advocacy? Can't a man be honest, even about a drug 
which he as well as everybody else sells? Can't a man offer for 
sale a thing which he believes to be good, just because he believes 
it to be good? There is not a particle more justification in this 

H-M-C. 127 

accusation than there is in the allegation that every homoeopathic 
physician is commercially interested in advocating Homoeopathy 
because he uses it. 

The one great fault I have to find with homceopathists is that 
they are continually looking for slights. My own relations with 
this portion of the profession are of the most cordial character. I 
number many of them among my warm personal friends, and the 
question of school never comes up between us. We recognize our 
individual rights in this respect. If you prefer Homoeopathy 
have just as much right to do so as I have to prefer the alkaloids. 
You only injure your class by displaying such small feeling. It is 
my conviction that Homoeopathy demands the reproving of drugs 
under the light of modern science. If it makes absolutely no 
difference in Homoeopathy whether the opium on which the 
provings are founded contains eighteen per cent, of morphine, or 
none at all, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that there cannot 
be anything definite or tangible in Homoeopathy. 

This I do not believe. My own studies of drug action have 
shown me that there is a very wide difference, in many cases an 
absolute antagonism, between minute doses of a remedy and 
maximum doses of the same remedy. As to the claims of Ho- 
moeopathy, I believe in submitting them to the clinical test, which 
is. after all, what decides the correctness of the hypothesis we 
construct in regard to the drug action. 

Yours very truly. 

W. C. Abbott. 

Ravenswood, Chicago, Feb. 14, 1908. 

The Recorder asks Dr. Abbott's pardon for hinting that his 
strenuous advocacy of the alkaloids is due to "commercialism" — 
if this be not the case. The error was due to the fact that, pr< I - 
ably without exception (there may be a few isolated instana s . 
whenever a scientific article on the alkaloids appeared in a journal 
there would be found an advertisement of the alkaloidal com- 
pany in the advertising forms of that journal, to say nothing ; 
reading notices. This impression, which Dr. Abbott indicates to 
be erroneous in the above communication, was further con- 
firmed by the fact that so often when a remedy was men- 
tioned in the scientific articles already referred to the lett< rs 

128 H-M-C. 

"H-M-C" were appended to it. These letters being, we be- 
lieve, the trade-mark of Dr. Abbott's company. The practice 
reminded one of a St. Louis company which a few years 
ago made a practice of putting their name, in brackets, in every 
article they republished, after the name of each drug mentioned, 
even though the writer of the article may never have heard of that 
company. However, since Dr. Abbott assures the profession his 
drugs are the same as "everybody else sells," the conclusion must 
be that the "H-M-C" habit is a mere idiosyncrasy and really of no 
scientific portent. So the question is narrowed down, so far as 
the members of the homoeopathic medical profession is con- 
cerned, to the relative merits of alkaloids and our old homoeo- 
pathic forms of the several drugs. The latter have been proved 
and on those provings Homoeopathy is founded, and from those 
provings comes much of the therapeutic "advances" of other 
schools. The alkaloids are, potentially, probably as valuable as 
the tinctures, but until they are as thoroughly proved their use 
must be based on clinical observations or empiricism. 

Dr. Abbott states : "If it makes absolutely no difference in 
Homoeopathy whether the opium on which the provings are 
founded contain eighteen per cent, of morphine, or none at all, it 
is difficult to avoid the conclusion that there cannot be anything 
definite or tangible in Homoeopathy." Very true, but no ho- 
moeopath has ever said it ; and, in fact, opium that contained 
"none at all" would not be opium. It would be about as much to 
the point as if someone were to write that if an alkaloidal tablet 
contained no alkaloids it would not be "very definite or tangible." 
The effects on the provers demonstrate quite conclusively that 
the opium they proved was a very robust article. 

Again, "There was nothing said in my paper to indicate that 
I credited all the data recorded by Hahnemann to suggestion, but 
•only the influence of this principle was not appreciated at the 
time." Quite so, but even the quotation just made insinuates that 
while not "all" of the homoeopathic provings of Hahnemann were 
•due to suggestion, part of them were, and which are real and 
which suggestive is indeterminate ; a beautiful illustration of 
""damning by faint praise." 

Just here Dr. Abbott might be informed that Messmer was 
born in 1733 and Hahnemann in 1755, and that both were physi- 
cians. What has this to do with it? Simply that Messmerism 

Remedies in Rachitis. 129 

was and is essentially the same as hypnotism and its ally, sugges- 
tion, and that the early homoeopaths were quite well informed on 
the subject, and were, as a body, vigorously opposed to it. If Dr. 
Abbott believes that the provers were under the "spell" he is quite 
welcome to his belief, for it alters nothing. Also, if he advocates 
the use of his drugs on certain old homoeopathic lines there is no 
law against the fact save that of good form, which consists in the 
acknowledgment of priority in things literary and scientific where 
such priority exists. 

To insist on such matters may be a display of "small feeling;" 
if so. why so be it ; but there are a certain number of men who 
will view the matter in quite a different light and put the word 
"small" elsewhere. 

We have no quarrel with Dr. Abbott personally ; he runs a very 
good journal, entertaining and readable, and we agree with him 
on the desirability of reproving drugs, especially their alkaloids, 
if these are to be intelligently used by homoeopathic physicians. 
Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder. 


Aloes: The first remedy I wish to call your attention to is 
Aloes. This remedy is seldom thought of by those who have al- 
ready made a diagnosis of rickets and perhaps it would not be so 
well indicated at that stage, that is, when such a diagnosis would 
be reasonably certain. But I believe Aloes is an antipsoric. hav- 
ing many symptoms like Sulphur. When this remedy is indicated, 
there is usually a rise in temperature with dry lips, tongue dry 
and red, with thirst. Diarrhoea, character of stool not so import- 
ant, but is worse after nursing, worse in the morning, in damp 
weather, with gurgling in the abdomen ; pain before and during 
stool. Child is peevish, hard to please and cries at least provoca- 
tion ; not as cross as the CJiamomilla child. I am afraid Chamo- 
milla has often spoiled a good Aloes case, but the symptoms ac- 
companying the stool should differentiate it from A 

Baryta carb.: This remedy is more often called for in the older 
child with granular enlargements. Child looks old, weakened, 
mental and physical weakness, no desire to play, wants to lie 
down often, eyelids inflamed, loss of appetite. Diarrhoea with 

130 Remedies in Rachitis. 

much urging, rectum sore, with expulsion of pin worms. Pro- 
fuse sweats on first falling asleep, mostly on left side of body and 
head, bad smelling foot sweat, with soreness between toes 
(Sulph.). Sweat especially in the evening. 

Calc. carb.: This is a remedy whose symptomatology is so well 
known to you all that I will not repeat many of them here. The 
open fontanelles, profuse head sweats, retarded dentition, with its 
enormous appetite, whitish, frothy diarrhoea, always worse during 
the last quarter of the moon, when convulsions are liable to occur 
from worms (Sil. and China in the new moon). Feet sweat, but 
the oder is not bad like Baryta carb.. and Sulph. Hands do not 
sweat like the Sil. child. 

The indurated glandular enlargements and tendencies towards 
suppurative conditions are better met with Calc. iiuoricum which 
has cured large, hard periosteal swellings, accompanied with great 
tenderness so that the least covering was unbearable. 

Phosphorus: In experiments on young animals, Phos. has pro- 
duced rickets. Now what more do we need for a good homoeo- 
path? I think we need a good deal and we have it in our other 
remedies, and if they have been carfully selected, the case will 
y.ever get to that state, where Phos. will be necessary, except in 
the case of early bronchial troubles, which may be the beginning 
of the rickety condition, but it is in the badly treated or far ad- 
vanced cases that Phos. will be of such great value, and it is not. 
necessary to give it in material doses either. 

The necrosed bone, or digestive derangements with vomiting, 
diarrhoea, distended abdomen, open anus, accompanied with the 
hunger and thirst as characteristic, will respond to the 200th and 
higher potencies much better than to the crude drugs. This poo r , 
sick, almost disintegrated child needs to be handled with care. 
We may have to change our potency to fit the peculiar condition 
of each child, ,but you will find it much safer and surer to begin 
high and go lower, if needs be, than to overdo it, and likely spoil 
the case by beginning with the crude drug or 6x even. To go into 
the finer indications of the remedy, would be out of place here. I 
have called your special attention to Calc. c. and Phos. — Dr. 
Byron I. Clark, from paper read before American Institute of 

Book Notices. 131 


L,es Secrets de 1' Homoeopathic Par le Dr. Jules Galla- 
vardin, de Lyons. Liste des Oevres de Hahnemann. Preface 
du Dr. H. Duprat, de Gineve. Geneve. Imp. Ed. Pfeffer. 
Boulevard Georges-Favon 6. 1908. 

This little paper bound pamphlet of thirty-two pages con- 
tains five papers, by Dr. Gallavardin, that were contributed to 
a well-known French allopathic medical journal, VEcho de la 
Medicine et de la Chimrgie in the year 1907, and by request of 
the editor. Dr. Tassau. The papers are followed by a complete 
list of Hahnemann's works in chronological order, running from 
the year 1777 to 1835. The first is a translation from the English 
of an "Essay on Hydrophobia," and the last one is "Discours de 
Hahnemann a la Societe homoeopathic gallicane." It seems from 
Dr. Duprat's preface that many allopaths in France have the 
idea that "les homoeopathes forment une secte plus ou moins oc- 
culte, et pratiquent des formules secretes par eux seuls comues," 
or in other words, that the homoeopaths constitute an occult so- 
ciety and practice by secret remedies and methods, known only 
to the esoteric. This fantastic notion is what Dr. Gallavardin 
combats by expounding the homoeopathic law and illustrating it ; 
he thus reveals all the "secrets." Concerning Isopathy he makes 
the rather interesting statement that it was practiced by "Her- 
ing, Lux, T. J. M. Collet" in 1833, apparently originated by 
them, and then adds, "Pasteur fut aussi medeirn isopathie." So 
it would seem that so far from Pasteur being the originator of 
modern therapeutics the honor belongs to Hering and the others. 
Isopathie remedies are simply homoeopathic to the symptoms 
they will cause in the healthy, as is every known substance that 
will cause symptoms, for is not Homoeopathy a Law, and thus 
necessarily universal"-' Variolinum is a so-called isopathie rem- 
edy, but did not Dr. Eaton, in his paper read at the Institute 
meeting held at Jamestown last year, demonstrate from the prov- 
ings made on the healthy when it was given too strong, or 
too frequently, as a prophylactic, that it caused all the symptoms 
of small-pox? And, furthermore, ''id he not demonstrate that 

132 Book Notices. 

it was both a prophylactic for that disease and a most excellent 
remedy for it? The "secret' ' of Homoeopathy is its law,. 
Similia similibus curantur. 

"Hering College Happenings" is the title of a fifty-two 

page booklet, issued by the Class of '08, which is "serious and 

saucy, solemn and silly" — the booklet, not the class. Extra 

copies, 10 cents (to swell the Class Treasury). 

A class book does not readily lend itself to comment, for the 

very good reason that most of the jokes and allusions are purely 

personal — the class catches the point, but the outer barbarian 

doesn't. That which best illustrates this, but is very good, is 

the "Keynotes of the Class of '08," under "Hering Condensed ! r 

each keynote being directed at a professor or member of the 

class : 

"Time passes too slowly — an hour seems half a day." 
"Proud, self-contented look." 
"Great loquacity, wants to talk all the time." 
"Great longing for fresh air — (especially when there is a base 
ball game)." 

The Recorder suggests that to the many things for which there 
are "collectors" — stamps, coins, autographs, etc. — there be added 
class books, and begin with the Hering, '08. No charge for the 
suggestion, even though it be a good one. 

A Text-Book of Clinical Medicine. Treatment. By 
Clarence Bartlett, M. D., Professor of Medical Diagnosis and 
Clinical Medicine in the Hahnemann Medical College of Phila- 
delphia ; Visiting Physician to the Hahnemann Hospital. 
1,223 pages. One volume, cloth, $8.00. Two volumes, half 
morocco, $10.00. Expressage, extra. Philadelphia : Boericke 
& Tafel. 1908. 

The author of this book is so well-known that anything as to 
his personality may be a work of supererogation. He compiled 
and arranged, among other things, Farrington's Clinical Materia 

Book Xoticcs. 133 

Medica, from stenographic notes, had a very considerable hand 
in preparing and publishing Goodno's Practice, and is the author 
of A Text-Book of Clinical Medicine, Diagnosis, by many con- 
sidered the best book on the subject ever published. The pres- 
ent volume is a venture into a medical field that is almost un- 
explored ; true, we have our many most excellent works on ho- 
moeopathic therapeutics and every writer on special topics, or 
practices, follows each disease by a more or less complete sec- 
tion on the treatment, but a book exclusively confined to treat- 
ment is a rarity. We know of but one, and that is rather old 
and contains nothing of homoeopathic treatment. Dr. Bartlett 
gives homoeopathic treatment in full, and also includes the treat- 
ment that is recognized as best, and is accepted, by the most ad- 
vanced men of other schools. There never has been, and, prob- 
ably, never can be. a book on treatment that in all particulars 
will meet with the unqualified approval of all physicians. Each 
reader, doubtless, will find certain treatments of which he does 
not approve, but. more especially, each will fail to discover some 
measure that in his practice is peculiarly valuable. The book, 
we hold, must be regarded as an epitome of the modern treat- 
ment of disease, including Homoeopathy, and thus the aim, or 
scope, of the book is above criticism. When it comes to par- 
ticulars there is, doubtless, much room for criticism of this, that 
or the other treatment given for a special disease ; but even here 
the critic must go easy for, most likely, in the same section he 
will find that of which he highly approves. The author has 
gathered the generally accepted data on the subject and, we be- 
lieve, has presented it accurately. There his work ceases and the 
reader must determine what treatment given in the book is the 
one to be employed on his patient, if any. The man of other 
schools will find the best homoeopathic treatment in its pages — the 
best aside from the classical Hahnemannian method of writing 
down the totality of the patient's symptoms and finding the 
similimum — and the homoeopath will find the best treatment of 
what is generally known as modern medicine. The errors of the 
book will be found by individuals to be chiefly those of omission. 

HomoeopathLic Recorder. 



Address communications , books for review, exchanges, etc., for the edito* , to 

E. P. ANSHUTZ, P. O. Box 921, Philadelphia, Pa. 


A Proving of Barium Chloride. — Dr. T. G. Stonham re- 
ports a proving of Chloride of barium (or Baryta muriatica, as 
it is sometimes listed), in the British Homoeopathic Review for 
February. One grain of the drug was taken every morning and 
evening for ten days. The action was chiefly on the lower ex- 
tremities and the lower alimentary tract, especially the rectum. 
The most marked feature was stiffness and weakness of the legs 
"similar to what one feels from overwalking or bicycling too 
far." "Weak knees which feel as if they must give way." 
"Aroused from sleep by severe spasmodic pain in the rectum, as 
from pressure of wind, which would not pass — it lasted on and 
off for an hour." Aching pain in right knee under patella, be- 
fore getting out of bed, and continuing until after walking." 

Hahnemann somewhere says that the proving of drugs (un- 
less too "heroic") so far from being deleterious to the health is 
positively beneficial, and his long life seems to back up this as- 
sertion. It is a pity we could not have more short, but clear cut 
provings such as Dr. Stonham reports. Have them published 
in some journal. 

Common Sense. — The Hahnemannian Monthly under this 
heading gives us an editorial that is rather good. Here is the 
gist of it : 

"The healers of the sick are, indeed, a motly crowd. On one 
side we see the 'Indian doctor' with his collection of skins and 
herbs, and on the other the 'Christian Scientist' with his present 
or absent treatment ; here the osteopathist and there the psy- 

Edit or nil. [35 

chotherapist ; here the surgeon and there the electro-therapist; 
here the materialistic polypharmacist and there the homoeopath ist ; 
here the hydropath and there the dry air specialist, and so on 
through an innumerable list that would tire the writer to relate 
and the reader to hear. What is more essential for the physician 
in selecting from all this jumble of true and false that which he 
may employ to advantage in the treatment of the sick than a 
large and well trained bump of common sense ? Let us not be in 
too much of a hurry to abandon the old, nor let us be in too 
great haste to take up the passing fad, but let us carefully and 
considerately prove all things and hold fast to that which is 

Medical Progress. — Dr. Woods Hutchinson is a man of some 
weight in the medical world, and he writes in Monthly 'Cyclo- 
paedia: "How many of our boasted and much-used antipyretics 
act simply like an increased dose of the toxin, by depressing the 
vital resistance and preventing the temperature reaction ? I have 
no hesitation in naming two — Aconite and Vcratrum — and ex- 
pressing grave suspicions of a third, namely, the whole group 
of coal-tar products. The man who gives Aconite or Veratrum 
in a case of pneumonia, typhoid, or appendicitis is pouring a 
second poison into the body of his unfortunate patient to sup- 
press the resistance which it makes against the first. They make 
the patient more comfortable and the doctor much easier in his 
mind for the time being, but what of the ultimate outcome? 
They lower the temperature, slow the pulse, but it is much after 
the same fashion that a blow on the head with a club will quiet 
the struggles of a man resisting arrest, or a dose of Opium will 
relieve the fatigue of a soldier on the march." 

Very true, doubtless, of those who prescribe according to the 
name of a disease, and in the usual "heroic" doses, but not in 
the least true of the man who prescribes the homoeopathic po- 
tentized drug according to the law of Similia. Some day they 
will learn that the fault in their drug practice lies in their 
science which doesn't prove to be science when put to the test. 
Do not blame the drugs for your own short comings. 

How It Works. — Our English friends are experiencing 
trouble in having their prescriptions properly compounded it 

136 Editorial. 

seems. The Westminster Gazette says that 85.7 per cent, of the 
prescriptions sent to the city analyst for inspection were found 
to be wrongly compounded. And what puzzles the Londoners is 
to know how can such things be in face of the fact that the 
standard for examinations has been raised so high that it is 
most difficult for chemists to get assistants. Can it be that the 
strenuous examinations are breeding a race of professionals like 
Mr. Toots, that classic product of the forcing system? 

Freak Questions of "Examining Boards." — "Describe the 
phenomena of karyokinesis." Even with his "Dunglison" at 
hand, the student would only be more in the fog than ever. Also 
"Describe colostrum, emmetropia, diapedesis, hemolysin, lochia, 
osmosis, alexins, atavism, zymogen." These are specimen bricks 
from the wall built by an examining board to "protect the pub- 
lic." Unless you know all about atavism you must not attend to 
the baby's colic, for may not a knowledge of the protoplasm from 
which the line of baby's ancestors were evolved be highly im- 
portant in the scientific treatment of the wind that causes the 
present yell ? Go to, thou scoffers. How would "Define the real 
function of the cramming board" do for a question ? 

The wise guy would answer "a body of learned men engaged 
in protecting the public from those who say 'sweating of blood' 
instead of diapedesis, and who do not know that an alexin is a 
microbe killer — not Radam's." 

"We Fail to Find/' — If any reviewer of homoeopathic books 
wants to show his knowledge of therapeutics and at the same time 
gently roast an author, let him select his disease from the author, 
then compare it with Lilienthal's pages on the same disease and 
he can write "we fail to find" this, that, or the other remedy 
"mentioned" to his heart's content, and, what is more, be really 
accurate in his failures to find. 

More Serum Accidents. — At a place named Mulkowal, in 
India, there were nineteen deaths from tetanus, recently, due to 
injections of an anti-plague serum. The authorities are looking 
around, to find out how the germs got into the serum, especially 
as the bottle was known to be tightly corked and was one of five 

Editorial. 137 

used in the vicinity, and from the others only one person is 

known to have "suffered." It is to be hoped that the authorities 
will discover the cause of these deaths, as the discovery would, 
probably, revolutionize some medical procedures. 

Pro Bono Publico. — The editor of The Eclectic Review warns 
its readers to keep their weather eye on the Legisla- 
ture of Xew York, and the same may be said of other 
legislatures, when it comes to medical legislation. The 
cause of this caution is the fact that some one. 1 >r 
some "crowd." is urging the passage of a bill pro- 
hibiting physicians from dispensing medicine. Thus, if the act 
passed, a homoeopathic physician would be a law breaker who 
gave the baby a dose of Chamomilla. If such a fool measure 
were to become a law (and could be enforced) it would be a 
fat thing for pharmacists and druggists, for the patent medicine 
outfit and for the swarms of hungry "drugless healers." Such a 
bill, like most of its species, is a "snake." to use the slang of the 
legislator, and to malign an honest reptile. 

Why They Do It. — The Medical Concensus writing of "The 
Ideal Medical Journal" incidentally remarks that the objection- 
able features to the big medical publications is that they are too 
"long winded." and that "the principle reason why medical men 
subscribe to most of such publications is that they mistake quan- 
tity for quality." "Interesting" is the word that demies "good 
writing," whether it be long winded or short breathed, gram- 
matical or ungrammatical. If the writer can hold his reader he 
is on the right writing road, whether what he writes is believed 
or not. He gets the floor. 

Bossism ix Medicine. — Pity the poor "'regular." the (R) of 
Polk's Directory. He sanctioned the "official journal." and his 
creation is now dictating to him what he must and what he must 
not do. There is no law to enforce the decrees, but. as the years 
go by it will be more and more difficult to avoid obeying and the 
day must come when to disobey will mean excommunication and 
the disobedient one will be a medical pariah. The rank and file 
are now "requested" not to prescribe or use anvthing in their 

138 Editorial. 

profession that is not sanctioned by the "Council of Chemistry." 
The request will easily merge into the command and the indi- 
vidual will become the mere slave of the creature he has formed 
— or, supposed he did, good, easy man. Better be the free man 
outside of the cabalistic (R) than an automaton in it. 

It Adds to the Gaiety of the Nations. — Recently, in run- 
ning through an exchange, devoted to "nature cure" and abusing 
doctors and drugs, attention was arrested by a head line an- 
nouncing the restoration of sight to a blind man. Hello ! What's 
this ! Why, it was the case of a reader, a subscriber, who, "hav- 
ing noticed advertised for eye trouble, I decided to give it 

a trial," and, lo ! his sight came back to him and he can now see 
as well as ever, even to reading medical "ads." In the words of 
Jean Jacques Rosseau and T. R. Roosevelt, Jr., "Back to na- 
ture !" and "'ware the nature fakirs !" 

No Apologies Needed. — Dr. L. F. Ingersoll, of Chicago, con- 
cludes a paper in The Clinique, with the following tart words : 
"I always regret to hear apologies for our system of therapeutics. 
It doesn't need them, but its disciples often do. When we fail 
we too often charge it to inefficiency of Homceopathy, instead of 
individual incompetency." A friend who read these words 
added, "There's more truth than poetry in that." And the remedy 
seems to lie in a closer study of the materia medica, not the 
boiled down and abbreviated materia medica, but the unabridged 
article. Go a little deeper into Bryonia than "worse on motion." 
Or Pulsatilla than "Timid, tearful and blonde," and so on, for 
there is more to learn. Also be sure of your drugs. 

Mitchella Repens ix Child Bearixg. — Dr. H. T. Webster 
(Eclectic Medical Journal) got his first start in obstetric prac- 
tice by treating a woman, who had always aborted, with the 
above named drug, with the result of no abortion, but a fine 
baby. Another case treated with the same drug was that of 
a married woman who was subject to profuse uterine haemor- 
rhage at nearly every menstrual period, with the result that the 
haemorrhages ceased and the woman, in time, became the mother 
of a healthv familv of children. In another case a woman who 

Editorial. 139 

had suffered severely at two confinements was given the drug for 
three or four months before confinement, with the result of very 
easy labor. Dr. Webster concludes : "Mitchella repens probably 
stands at the head of the list, as a resort when we desire to favor 
the reproductive power of the female organs. If it is reserved 
for this alone we will not employ it often, but results will be very 
satisfactory whenever a demand arises for it. It is important 
that we get as near the fresh plant as possible in using it." 
The drug was given in material doses. 

Surgery and Ingrowing Toe-Nails. — The American Journal 
of Surgery says : "It is doubtful whether the classical operations 
for ingrown toe-nail cure permanently in even a fair percentage 
of cases." Very few have ever used the classical remedy of 
Homoeopathy for this condition, Magnus polus oust., in not less 
than the 30th potency (preferably the 200th), yet the few who 
have, made favorable reports of its action. It seems to be the 
constitutional remedy where ingrown toe-nails constantly recur 
in spite of surgical interference. 

That Old School Shot-Gun. — Scndder, of the Eclectic 
Medical Journal — a good one, too, by the way — after quoting 
some of the "scientific" alkaloid proprietary prescriptions put 
up by the Abbott people, writes : "No wonder that rebellion fol- 
lows in the ranks of the allopathists when their section on al- 
kaloidal medication asks them to father this kind of drug study. 
Such conglomerates remind one of their ancient shot-gun mix- 
tures, and are enough to make an allopath of the olden time 
turn green with envy." That poor old drudge word "scientific" 
is most awfully abused. Some day the innate moral sense of the 
medical fraternity will insist that the overworked word be given 
a much needed rest. 

"Can Such Things Be and Overcome Us Like a Summer 
Shower/' — The irrepressible Dr. Henry Beates, Jr., president of 
the Pennsylvania Medical Examining Board has again appeared 
in the daily press, advocting the use of the press for educating 
the people in things medical. To illustrate this he relates an in- 
cident during the consideration of the vaccination bill which Dr. 

140 Editorial. 

Dr. Samuel G. Dixon, Commissioner of Health of Pennsylvania, 
narrowly escaped assassination. 

"There was a member of the Legislature," said Dr. Beates, 
"who so inflamed his constituents over the exclusion from the 
public schools of their children who had not been vaccinated that 
two of them followed Dr. Dixon, and, armed with pistols, lay in 
wait for him. Dr. Dixon escaped assassination only because he 
happened to leave his office by a door he seldom used. That in- 
cident was directly due to the lack of proper dissemination of 
information on vaccination through the public press." 

If this is true, some one has been very remiss in the duty of 
good citizenship in not having these would-be assassins arrested, 
for any one who would assassinate or attempt to assassinate an- 
other for any cause, deserves punishment. If it is not true (it 
reads very fishy), what must be thought of a physician and a 
State official, who would publicly make such a charge? 

Some Personal Experience in Small-Pox. — Dr. W. E. 
Reiley, of Fulton, Mo., in a short communication to the Clinical 
Reporter on his experience with small-pox, rather caustically re- 
marks : 'During an epidemic of small-pox most doctors call 
■every case of eruptive fever small-pox. I have seen measles, 
German measles, chicken-pox, and even roseola diagnosed as 
small-pox and nobody held accountable for the error — unless, 
perchance he be a homoeopath, in which case it was unexcusable." 
Also, "the effects of vaccination were not recognizable in either 
of these epidemics. In one family in which I had a case of con- 
fluent small-pox there were four members, and only one of the 
four would submit to vaccination. They nursed the child through 
the case and were all in the room with her much of the time, but 
no other case ever developed in that family. In another family 
in which all had been recently vaccinated, we had two cases of 
confluent small-pox and two or three lighter cases. The con- 
fluent cases were in patients with typical vaccine scars." 

"Stamping Out Quackery." — The Post-Graduate, January, 
tells of circulars wrapped around filled prescriptions by Paris 
pharmacists "that would make an American proprietory drug 
maker blush at his own feebleness as a writer." There is no 

Editorial. 141 

reason why a man should ever die, if he can make a correct diag- 
nosis of his case and buy his medicine at an apothecary shop 
in the Rue de la Paix." Also, "This indicates that it is impossible 
■even in old civilizations to stamp out quackery." One might well 
parody Pilate's question, "What is quackery?" If every humbug 
in medicine were to be pilloried, what a sensation there would be ! 

Refraction. — The Post-Graduate quotes "one of our con- 
temporaries" on the subject of refraction, in part, as follows: 

"Where shall you begin to study. As you must begin with re- 
fraction there can be only one answer : Philadelphia. Things 
are bad enough there, Heaven knows, but they are so bad else- 
where that Heaven couldn't know. By the art of refraction, of 
course, is meant subjective refraction, supplemented by retin- 
oscopy when the subjective method is impossible. Only two or 
three men in all Europe know anything about this art, and if 
you went there to study you'd never find them. The same may 
be said of New York, Chicago, etc. Some day some discerning 
philanthropist will give a million or two dollars to found a school 
of refraction. And if it should get into the right hands it will 
do more good to humanity than all the hundreds of millions that 
have been given to 'charity' in the last generation. In the mean- 
time we must wait and blunder along as best we may, until an 
aroused and repentant profession tires of anatomic pathology, 
laboratories and east wind." 

Good advice to these gentlemen would be : "Get a copy of 
Copeland's Refraction and read up on the subject," for, if what 
the Post-Graduate's quotation asserts is true, refraction is a big- 
ger subject than is dreamt of in most men's philosophy. 

"Not Responsible." — Many editors print standing matter 
which asserts that they are "not responsible," or "do not neces- 
sarily endorse," etc., etc., the opinions or statements of con- 
tributors. Surely not unless one is steering a try-to-please affair 
in which nothing but smooth platitudes are admitted. Any one 
can safely endorse a smooth platitude, for it is like a diet of bread 
and water — unobjectionable, but somewhat tiresome. 

Dr. Swan to the Fore. — If the shade of the late Dr. Samuel 
Swan could revisit the earth it would be amazed, or rejoiced, or 

142 Editorial. 

angered, as the case might be, to see his pet system, isopathy, in 
the very fore-front of "modern medicine," and medical men fol- 
lowing it eagerly. The cure, to Dr. Swan, for a case of habitual 
bellyache from eating cucumber was a potency of cucumber. He 
advocated a potency of tuberculosis, of diphtheria, of any other 
disease for the cure or prevention of that disease. This is 
isopathy, very baldly put. Wherein does that differ from the 
serums or the opsonics — is that their proper name — save in the 
matter of simplicity? 

When the disease virus, or toxine, or whatever its proper term 
is, is given in the potentized form nature has the opportunity of 
rejecting it, but when administered hypodermically this op- 
portunity is denied. Some brilliant, cures are reported by the 
new isopathy and some cases that are rather startling in their re- 
sults. The old isopathic practice had the advantage of simplicity, 
safety and cheapness, three attributes that are not always so 
marked in the latter day practice. The probabilities are that 
the new method will be wrecked, as usually happens in all al- 
lopathic practice, by big dosage and. the hypodermic syringe. 

Rule or Ruin. — The following from the February number 
of the Medical Century shows to what lengths the friends of the 
new and curious homoeopathic pharmacopoeia (or some of them, 
rather) are willing to go in support of that moribund book: 

"The American Druggist and Pharmaceutical Record opposes 
the amendments to the National Food and Drugs Act proposed 
by Senator Gallinger, whereby a drug shall be deemed adulterated 
if not prepared according to the homoeopathic pharmacopoeia of 
the United States. And we agree with the American Druggist. 
It has been stated that probably 98 per cent, of the homoeopathic 
remedies used are prepared according to the American Homcco- 
pathic Pharmacopoeia/' 

"Adulterated," ye gods ! Is it not psychologically curious that 
there should be men willing to have the drugs used bv all ho- 
moeopaths from Hahnemann down to the present day officially 
condemned and for the sake of an ill written and unscientific 
book ? 

Grippe and Appendicitis. — The Pacific Medical Journal says 
that San Francisco was in the grip of Grippe during January 

Items of Interest. 143 

and that one-half the inhabitants were affected by it. Then fol- 
lows the curious comment that "whenever we have an epidemic 
•of influenza the cases of appendicitis multiply many fold." 


Dr. S. M. Ghose has removed to Jangail, Bengal, India. 

Kraft has changed his dress, coming out in a dull orange 
■shade, and the cut much smaller than the old suit, dress, being 
an 8vo., this time. For whether you say Kraft or American 
Physician, is it not the same ? He presents quite a fine front. 

Dr. H. A. Klock, of Mahanoy City, long time practitioner of 
Homoeopathy, died in February. 

The Medical Forum, of Kansas City, Mo., has suspended pub- 
lication. Running a homoeopathic journal isn't "altogether a snap, 
as many have discovered. 

Dr. Oscar K. Richardson announces change of office to 
Donaldson Building, corner of 7th St. and Nicollet Ave., Suite 

Metropolitan Hospital, New York City, with its 1,300 beds, is 
the largest homoeopathic hospital in the world, and presents to 
its internes unsurpassed opportunity for obtaining experience in 
every department of medicine and surgery. Examinations for 
appointment on the Resident Staff, will be held at the hos- 
pital on Friday, April 3d, 1908, at 10 a. m., and, simultaneously, 
at Chicago, St. Paul, St. Louis and Cleveland. Eighteen 
vacancies are to be filled for twelve or eighteen months' service, 
commencing June 1st or December 1st, 1908. Applications for 
examination, accompanied by three letters of reference, should 
be sent to Edward P. Swift, chairman Examining Committee, 
.No. 170 West 88th St., New York. 


Chicago is going to try Christian psychology as a cure for the booze 
men. Good field. 

"Some folks think they are holy because a good dinner makes them feel 

It is suggested that the Standard Oil may try for rebates on its fines. 

There can be nothing but "hold ups" in balloon expresses. 

Hear, O ye doctors! "The price of diamonds is advancing. 

After you have downed the other fellow don't rub it in. 'Tisn't wise. 

The Illinois Board of Health calls out : "Spread the gospel of vaccina- 
tion." It's a religion, eh? 

As we now have Daughters of the Revolution why not have Sons of 

/'Training the phagocytes to cure," etc., is the latest off-shoot of isopathy 
as she is now preached. 

The limb should realize the truism that it is not the tree. 

"Trading on a name" is the sincerest flattery — even in homoeopathic 

Man said, "I've carried this umbrella for two years." Friend replied, 
"Time you're returning it." 

"Lime light" being out of date, isn't it time to omit it from verbal pyro- 
technics ? 

The Chironian invents or quotes: "He who is without enthusiasm for 
Homoeopathy is without knowledge of Homoeopathy. 

A doctor Herzog (Ec. Reviezv) asserts that "everybody is a born crimi- 
nal." Oh, Jerusha Ann ! 

"If dirt were trumps, what a hand you'd hold," said Charles Lamb to his 
whist partner once. 

"My wife isn't a 'club woman,' " remarked the man ; "she mostly uses a 

"Large fees are like large fish, more talked about than seen." — The 

The earnest seeker after truth is perhaps some times very much dis- 
gusted when he finds it. 

Dr. Jacobi in address recently referred to "those that come from Jersey, 
South Brooklyn and Russian Poland" — and no joke was intended. 

A man remarked that it was very hard to lose one's savings, and Binks 
replied, "Not in the stock market." 



Vol XXIII. Lancaster, Pa., April, 1908. 

DR. wanstall and homceopathy. 

The leading article in the March Hahnemannian Monthly, 
covering fourteen pages, is by Dr. Alfred Wanstall, of Baltimore, 
Md. The heading is: "Homoeopathy: A Natural Law of 
Cure ; or a Systematic Empiric Principle, by which Drugs are 
Selected for the Treatment of Disease." Dr. Wanstall takes the 
stand that it is an empiric principle. He writes : 

"The following conclusions have been slowly reached by the most 
elementary reasoning, and they are such as one naturally hesitates to ex- 
press. They sound so discordant a note among the views prevailing in 
this body, if those that are audible here prevail, that one fears one will 
be stoned, figuratively speaking; and, perhaps, it would have been better 
to have kept one's light under a bushel. But each of us has to make 
peace with his own soul as he goes, and history will write down sooner 
or later what is the truth." 

Thus, right at the outset the reader is confronted by that old, 
old question, What is Truth? A question that has caused more 
bloodshed than any other in this world, but has never been 
"scientifically" answered. 

Dr. Wanstall writes honestly and sincerely and with the ob- 
ject of benefiting the medical profession, what he considers to 
be the truth, but many other men equally honest will regard his 
truth as mere aberration. 

Dr. Wanstall defines his position, as follows : 

''Why the homoeopathic law has not been and cannot be defined is, to 
the mind of the writer, due to an intellectual confusion regarding the 
idea on which it is based. At the outset I desire to announce my con- 
viction that Homceopathy is not founded on a natural law of cure— we 

146 Dr. If '(install and Homoeopathy. 

do not know how drugs cure diseases — but is simply a method of pro- 
cedure according to which drugs are selected for the treatment of disease; 
systematic, inasmuch as it is based on the principle of a symptomatic 
similarity; and empiric, inasmuch as it is dependent upon the clinical test." 

There are many ways of answering this, but, perhaps, the most 
direct would be one in kind : "My conviction is that Homoe- 
opathy is a law of cure," and each of Dr. Wanstall's arguments 
advanced to support his conviction could be answered by argu- 
ments, equally valid, in support of the opposing conviction. 

"We do not know how drugs cure disease." Very true ; neither 
do we know how the sun shines, how gravitation acts, how life 
comes and goes ; in fact, there are several things we do not know. 
But we do know that the sun shines, that things fall to the earth, 

and that man lives for a few years and then ? We know 

that drugs act on disease, and, some believe, act, on the "prin- 
ple," if one prefers the word, of similia, and are governed ac- 
cordingly. The success that follows this rule of action in the 
administration of drugs leads some men to believe that the 
action is governed by, or, rather is, a law of nature. If another 
man choose to believe that it is not such a law why, so be it. 
Further on : 

"The theory of dynamization has been Homoeopathy's greatest mis- 
fortune, both because it has repelled investigation and because it has in- 
volved the minds of practically all its votaries in an intellectual tran- 

So much the worse for those so repelled. And why should it 
repel investigators? The facts of radium and the X-rays have 
led many men, of late, not homoeopaths, to believe that there is 
something more in dynamization than what Dr. Wanstall terms 
''transcendentalism." The Austrian provers of old did not be- 
lieve in dynamization and selected salt for a test of its truth or 
falsity — and were convinced that it was a very potent fact. Why 
do not the scientific doubters put the theory to the only test pos- 
sible, instead of mere denials, backed by nothing but their 

''It behooves the homoeopathic school to look sharply after its funda- 
mentals at this time, as it is daily becoming more difficult, if it is not 
already imposible, to firmly establish its dogma in fresh minds that 
are being simultaneously imbued with the principles of rational medicine, 
because the homoeopathic dogma and the present intellectual motive in 
rational medicine represent intellectual incompatibilities." 

Calendula an Antidote to Apis. 147 

Really, is not the term "rational medicine" what might be 
termed borrowed plumage? Bear in mind that the whole ques- 
tion at issue is the application of drugs to the cure of disease. 
Are the coal-tar things, the serums, and the rest, at present, in 
fashion, any more rational than the similimum ? To some men 
they are, to others they are not. Proof? Each side will bring 
"proof" that satisfies — itself. What is the truth? Why, there 
comes that bothersome old question again. It really looks as 
though truth were what seems good to each individual. When, oc- 
casionally, a truth (like "the earth is round") becomes 
demonstrable to all, it is solidified into fact. One more : 

"We should realize that we possess no charter from God for an in- 
spired law of cure; that Hahnemann was human and mortal; that we 
treat disease with drugs not because it was the Divine intention that they 
should be so treated and that nature would reveal no other means nor 
on account of their extraordinary utility, but because and when we have 
nothing better to take their place ; and the great wonder should be not 
that drugs do not do more, but they do so much." 

What is a "charter from God?" When "rational medicine" 
comes at one in that form there is nothing left for one to do 
but look on in silence, for part of it is self-evident, and part of 
it an assumption of a knowledge of Divine intention that goes 
further than anything ever advanced by the most enthusiastic 


Editor of the Homceopathic Recorder: 

If you think the following cases from practice worthy of a 
place in the Recorder, please insert the same : 

First case. A little girl, stung by a honey-bee on the finger — ■ 
intense pain and swelling of the arm to the shoulder, with red 
streaks ; as different remedies had been applied without effect, 
sent small powder of sugar with six drops of Calendula tincture 
on it, to be dissolved in half teacup of water, arm to be fre- 
quently bathed with it. Result : Pain relieved in a very few 
minutes ; swelling disappeared. 

Second case. Man came to the office with his arm in a sling; 
stung by a bumblebee ; could not bear the arm to hang down ; 

148 Calendula an Antidote to Apis. 

pain so great ; applied Calendula, as above ; in a few minutes left 
the office without pain, with use of arm in any position. 

Third case. Woman stung on upper lip by honey-bee ; 
screamed with pain ; lip swollen and extended as far as the end 
of the nose. Calendula applied, as above, relieved the pain almost 
instantly, swelling disappeared in a very short time. 

Fourth case. t Woman stung on finger by honey-bee ; in a short 
time not only pain, but nearly all the bad symptoms, as recorded 
in the provings of Apis appeared, terrible swellings in different 
parts of the body, with decided marks similar to hives, etc., to- 
gether with threats of convulsions, drowsiness, almost coma. 
Treatment as above, together with two or three drops of 
Calendula tincture, to half tumbler of water, one teaspoonful to 
be taken every few minutes, internally ; prompt improvement 
followed, entirely relieved in an hour or two. 

Fifth case. A brother of the writer, who keeps bees. One of 
the hives being filled with combs and honey, the bees built a 
large size of combs on the bottom of the hive. Two of his 
children, aged four and six, went to the hive, the boy, by closing 
his arms around the mass of combs, pulled it entirely from the 
hive ; in an instant they were surrounded by hundreds of bees ; 
both children were stung, probably, by scores of bees. The 
pain being terrible, all domestic remedies being applied without 
effect, their life being almost despaired of. Some one suggested 
that I had a preparation for such cases, sent and got the remedy. 
Severe pain subsided almost instantly, the terrible swelling, which 
closed the eyes and invaded the whole body disappeared in an 
hour or two. Fully recovered without any particular desire for 
honey. Treatment same as above, but no internal treatment with 
the Calendula. 

Of course, but few cases of bee stings prove very dangerous, 
yet we hear of them occasionally. The writer knew a man in 
Lancaster county a few years ago, who was stung on an ear, he 
died of convulsions in twenty minutes. 

Although an advocate of high attenuations, have never used 
Calendula in other than the above preparations, but firmly be- 
lieve Calendula an antidote to Apis. 

J. B. Temple. M. D. 

Mar shall ton, Pa,, R. D. No. 8. 

The "Nezv Movements" in Medicine. 149 


Mr. Elbert Hubbard, in his Philistine for March, gets off the 
following : 

Anxious Subscriber: The expression Similia Similibus is 
a Latin phrase and means that an imaginary disease can 
be cured by an imaginary remedy. 

The Fra. dearly loves an epigram. The foregoing black-let- 
ter effort was brought out by a Farewell Address issued by Dr. 
A. L. Mitchell, of East Aurora, N. J., which, as all the faithful 
know, is the headquarters of the Society of the Immortals. Dr. 
Mitchell has been a successful practitioner, and, being an honest 
man, has given it all up. He doesn't believe in drugs, or in 
medicine, as practiced. Here are a few pebbles from his ad- 
dress : 

"If a physician can practice medicine successfully and not jug- 
gle policy and principle, he has accomplished a feat seldom at- 
tainable. In fact, I doubt, if it is ever done continuously." 

"The physician of to-day sacrifices his self esteem for the whim 
and prejudice of his patients. The homoeopathic attenuation, the 
Galenic 'dough pill,' as well as its ultra-modern successor, the 
blank tablet, synonyms of the many things that might be classed 
under the head of 'dope' are some of the subterfuges that he 
uses as reminders, to fix good advice in minds fickle through 
fear and excess." 

"If this rooted evil of applying a drug to every ill were but 
overcome, much of the fear of disease, as well as its anticipa- 
tion, would be avoided." 

"The physician is, primarily, the product of a demand." 

"Hurry and ambition stimulate the commercial features of 
his relation to you; and, if he has the expected professional 
spirit, he will act according to the popular medical opinions of 
the day." 

Dr. Mitchell concludes his address by stating that he has 
practiced medicine for twenty-five years, and his wife for ten 
years, very successfully, in both senses, it is to be inferred, but 
"we have come to feel a lack of faith in drugs as a cure of dis- 
ease. If we have been successful in a professional way, I am 

150 The "New Movements' in Medicine. 

convinced that it has been through an ability to restore con- 
fidence in the minds of our patients/' 

These words close the address, and after them follows the 
Fra.'s black letter squib, quoted above. 

This is the drift to-day. It reminds one of our old friend, the 
pendulum. At one time the school of medicine, broadly taken 
in by the term "allopath," could not give big enough and varied 
enough doses of drugs to suit their ideas, for the human body 
would not stand for it ; now they are repudiating all drugs, which, 
while less harmful than their former practice, is just as absurd. 
The whole thing is simply a stealing of Mrs. Eddy's thunder 
without crediting that lady — to be sure, she got it from some 
one else, but she formulated it and made it known, and to her 
belongs the credit. 

It may be that Dr. Mitchell has taken up with Christian 
Science though he does not say so. If restoring "confidence to 
the minds of our patients" is to be the sole therapeutic rule of 
the doctor, then we cannot see the difference between it and Chris- 
tian Science, and there is none. Of course, there is much said 
about proper living, eating, exercise and all that sort of thing, but 
does not the gentle Christian scientist teach and sometimes prac- 
tice all these things? Indeed, these things have always been 
known, but never before trotted out as something wonderfully 

A physician, or, a "healer," may have the unlimited confidence 
of a community, but should Asiatic cholera, or yellow fever, 
break out, that confidence would not stay the disease, only medi- 
cine, and homoeopathic medicine at that, can cure. Right living 
will go a long way towards abolishing disease, but, when disease 
comes — it is the rankest kind of folly to ignore the helping hand 
of Homoeopathy. Suppose the child has croup, diphtheria, 
scarlet fever, is anaemic or rachitic, or any of the things that 
babies may be, what can "confidence" do? Nothing! 

Fra Elbertus is a brilliant and, what is better, an entertaining 
writer. He gets off much good stuff along with considerable 
tommy-rot. When it comes to medicine he is simply a slangy, 
free and easy, let-'er-rip, Christian Scientist. 

Here is a bit of free, but good advice to the Fra : Write a 
"Little Journey" to the home of Hahnemann. It will mightily 

Dermatitis Medicamentosa. 151 

interest the little journey world (which is a big one), and, bet- 
ter, instruct them as to the true and only use of drugs. 

Later. After the foregoing was written, we concluded to look 
up Dr. Mitchell in Polk's Directory, and, behold, we find him a 
graduate of "279 b.," 1883,, *• e -> Cleveland Homoeopathic Medi- 
cal College, in the last edition marked (H), but, in previous edi- 
tions (R). This, however, makes no difference, for was not Mrs. 
Eddy a homoeopathic physician, who, unable to believe that the 
little potentized drug could possibly exercise the tremendous 
power it evidently did over disease, concluded that the effects 
must be the result of her mind acting on the mind of the patient. 
In so believing she made a scientific faux pas, but gained a 
fortune, and gradually evolved a church, of which she is the 
head. When she dies (we presume she is mortal), will that 
church select another head for itself? 

The breaking up of old allopathy seems to have been followed 
by conditions similar to those that prevailed when the tower of 
Babel proved a fiasco. The one stable thing to-day, medically, 
is Homoeopathy. 

P. W. Shedd, M. D., New York. 

We see no reason when a classic text-book of the old school 
contains a chapter of inestimable homoeotherapeutic value, why 
it should not be offered in toto to homceotherapeutists. We refer 
to the chapter under the above heading, found in Prof. Stel- 
wagon's Treatise on Diseases of the Skin (5th Ed. W. B. Saund- 
ers Co., Phila.). Dr. Stelwagon performs for homoeotherapists 
a labor of love in his exhaustive collocation from all sources, save 
homoeopthic pathogenies, of dermatites admitted by him as 
medicinal in nature. 

It is true that it has not dawned upon him, nor any philosophoid 
mind in the old school, that, possibly, there may exist a therapeu- 
tic relation between these constant medicinal dermatites, and the 
dermatites developing as, or in conjunction with, "natural" dis- 
ease. When such relation is traced, the philosophoid mind will 
have become philosophic, for the law or laws governing, cor- 

152 Dermatitis Medicamentosa. 

relating or intercalating two series of facts will then have been 
discovered and formulated. At such time a reference to the com- 
pleter, finer indications found in homoeopathic pathogenies will 
develop whether, in gangrene, for example, Arsenic or Bella- 
donna, or Ergot, or Iodine compounds, or Quinine, or salicylate 
compounds are indicated, and hence curative. There is a vast 
difference in the syndromes presented by two patients suffering 
with gangrene, and one of whom needs Arsenic, and the other, 
Ergot (Secale comutum). 

And the old school investigator not swathed in the rhinocerus- 
hide of tradition nor hampered by the strait- jacket of preju- 
dice, will find that the specialized work of the homceotherapist, 
his exhaustive tests of almost every known medicinal substance, 
and of many unknown to traditional medicine and ordinarily in- 
ert, but, developing medicinal powers by molecular separation 
in the process of trituration and dilution, as in Graphites, 
Sodium chloride, Carbo vegetabilis, Silica, Lycopodium, have 
materially extended the list. 

The balance of this article consists, practically, of the sum- 
mary of Prof. Stelwagon, to whom the credit should be given. 
Its practical value for the homceotherapist is very evident, and the 
summary should be incorporated into homoeopathic literature. 

The symptomatology of drug eruptions is essentially the 
symptomatology of the various erythematous, exudative, and 
inflammatory diseases. Thus, all the various skin lesions are en- 
countered in different cases, such as erythema, papules, vesicles, 
pustules, tubercles, blebs, purpura, and even gangrene. The 
carbuncular or anthracoid eruption and papillomatous nodules or 
plaques produced by Iodine and Bromine compounds are. how- 
ever, somewhat peculiar, and will be referred to later. In most 
instances there is more or less uniformity in the type of lesion 
in the same individual from a particular drug, but not infre- 
quently an eruption of a mixed type may result, such as, for ex- 
ample, the various forms of erythema multiforme. 

Medicinal eruptions are apt to make their appearance some- 
what suddenly, after one or two doses, or, with some drugs only 
after continued use. They are usually highly colored. Upon 
withdrawal of the drug they, with few exceptions, rapidly dis- 

Dermatitis Medicamentosa. 153 

appear. Sometimes, however, the eruptive phenomena may con- 
tinue for some time after the drug has been stopped, as has oc- 
casionally been observed with bromides, and less frequently with 
the iodides, especially in children. And in exceptional cases it 
has been noted that the first appearance of the rash has not 
presented until the drug has been withdrawn. Exceptionally, 
too, the eruption produced may go through the various stages 
of the idiopathic malady which it simulates. In generalized 
eruptions, especially of the erythematous, morbilliform, and 
scarlatiniform types, there may be a variable degree of con- 
stitutional disturbance. 

Etiology. — In the large majority of cases the eruption called 
forth is due to some idiosyncrasy of the individual, and while 
the same drug produces most frequently, as a general rule, the 
same type of eruption in other susceptible individuals, this is 
by no means always the case. On the other hand, certain few 
drugs, e. g., the iodides and bromides, give rise so often to 
pustular or acnoid lesions that such effect may really be con- 
sidered its normal or physiologic action. Many of the more 
severe types of medicinal eruption are due to the fact that the 
medicine is continued after the milder manifestation has shown 
itself, or has been administered in large dosage ; on the other 
hand, occasionally, profound cutaneous disturbance results from 
an exceedingly small quantity. 

Women and children seem to present drug idiosyncrasy most 
frequently, and those of light complexion more commonly than 
brunettes. Probably, too, those of a weakened state of health 
and a neurotic temperament are more susceptible. Defective 
kidney elimination is certainly a factor of importance. 

As illustrating an extreme of drug idiosyncrasy, a man tak- 
ing an ordinary dose of Quinine was attacked with an erythe- 
matous scarlatinoid eruption of itchy character with some exu- 
dation, and which took several weeks to run its course, ending 
with desquamation. Several years subsequently he went into a 
drug store and took a "calisaya soda-water tonic," with the 
same eruption as a result. A few years later, the family physi- 
cian gave him some pills, each containing, among other in- 
gredients, one-sixteenth grain dose of Quinine, of which he took 
only three, with the development and course of the cutaneous 
outbreak as before. 

154 Dermatitis Medicamentosa. 

Dermatologic Types. — The subject of dermatitis medica- 
mentosa is of sufficient importance to warrant a summary of the 
eruptive types provoked by different drugs, and a brief con- 
sideration of the possible eruptions which each individual drug 
may produce. 

The following is a summary of the forms of eruption which 
may follow ingestion or absorption. Many drugs are capable 
of giving rise to several types in different individuals, or even 
in the same individual ; many are only rarely causative ; others, 
for example, the Bromides, Iodides, Quinine, Copaiba, coal-tar 
derivatives are somewhat frequently etiologic. 

Dermatologic Types. 

Bullous : Aconite, Anacardium, Antipyrin, Boric acid, 
Chloral, Bromin, Copaiba, Cubebs, Iodides, Iodoform, Mercury, 
Opium (?), Phosphoric acid, Salicylates. 

Carbuncular (Anthracoid) : Arsenic, Chloral, Iodides, 
Bromides, Opium. 

Cyanotic : Acetanilid, Pot. chlorate. 

Eczematous : Boric acid, Belladonna, Carbolic acid. Opium, 
Morphine, Sod. borate. 

Erythematous : Acetanilid, Antipyrin, Arsenic, Alcohol, 
Antitoxin, Belladonna, Benzoic acid, Boric acid, Bromides. Cap- 
sicum, Carbolic acid, Chinolin, Chloral, Chloralamid, Cantharides, 
Chloroform, Castor oil, Conium, Copaiba, Cubebs, Dulcamara, 
Exalgin, Iodides, Iodoform, Guaiacum, Gurjun oil, Hydrocyanic 
acid, Hyoscyamus, Lead acetate, Mercury, Opium, Pilocarpin, 
Piper meth., Phenacetin, Phosphoric acid, Pot. chlorate, Quinine, 
Salicylates, Sod. benzoate, Santonin, Sod. borate, Stramonium, 
Sulfonal, Tannic acid, Tar, Oil of Turpentine, Tuberculin, 
Veratrum vir. 

Erythematopapular : Acetanilid, Antipyrin. Benzoic acid, 
Copaiba, Digitalis, Gurjun oil, Iodides, Iodoform, Phenacetin, 
Silver nitrate, Pot. chlorate. 

Epitheliomatous : Arsenic (secondarily to keratoses). 

Furuncular : Antipyrin, Arsenic, Bromides, Calx sulfurata, 
Chloral, Condurango, Ergot, Mercury, and opiates. 

Gangrenous : Arsenic, Belladonna, Ergot, Iodides, Quinine, 

Keratotic : Arsenic. 

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Morbilliform: Antipyrin, Antitoxin, Belladonna, Copaiba 
and Cubebs, Boric acid, Opium, Sod. borate, Sulfonal, Tar, 
Turpentine, Tuberculin. 

Nodular : Iodine and Bromine compounds. 

Papillomatous : Iodine and Bromine compounds. 

Papular : Arsenic, Boric acid, Bromides, Cantharides, 
Chloral, Conium, Copaiba, Cubebs, Digitalis, Iodides, Jaborandi, 
Ol. tereb., Mercury, Terebene, Opium. 

Papulovesicular : Capsicum. 

Pigmentary : Arsenic, Silver nitrate, Antipyrin. 

Pruritus (without eruption) : Opium, Chloral, Copaiba, 

Purpuric (including petechial) : Antipyrin, Antitoxin, 
Arsenic, Benzoic acid, Calx sulfurata, Chloral, Chloroform, 
Copaiba, Cubebs, Ergot, Hyoscyamus, Iodoform, Iodides, Lead 
acetate. Mercury, Phosphoric acid, Pot. chlorate, Sandalwood 
oil, Quinine, Salicylates, Stramonium, Sulfonal. 

Polymorphous (resembling erythema multiforme) : Anti- 
pyrin, Antitoxin, Sod. benzoate, Copaiba and Cubebs, Iodides, 
Iodoform, Boric acid, Chloral, Exalgin, Coal-tar derivatives, 
Opium. Pot. chlorate. 

Psoriasiform : Sod. borate, Tuberculin. 

Pustular : Aconite, Antipyrin, Arsenic, Bromides, Calx sul- 
furata, Condurango, Antimony, Hyoscyamus, Iodides, Ergot, 
Mercury, Xitric acid, Cod liver oil, Opium, Tanacetum, Ol. tereb., 
Salicylates, Veratrum vir. 

Papulopustular : Bromine and Iodine compounds. 

Scarlatiniform : Antipyrin, antitoxin, Belladonna, Chloral, 
Copaiba, Cubebs, Digitalis, Hyoscyamus, Mercury, Nux vomica, 
Opiates, Ol. tereb., Pilocarpin, Rhubarb, Quinine, Strychnine, 
Sulfonal, Salicylates, Stramonium, Tuberculin, Viburnum 

Ulcerative: Arsenic (secondarily to keratoses), Bromides, 
Chloral, Iodides, Mercury. 

Urticarial: Alcohol, Antimony, Anacardium, Antipyrin, 
Antitoxin, Arsenic, Bromides, Benzoic acid, Chloral, Copaiba, 
Cubebs, Digitalis, Dulcamara, Hydrocyanic acid, Guarana, 
Hyoscyamus, Iodides, Opium. Mercury, Pilocarpin, Phenacetin, 
Pimpinella, Quinine, Salicylates, Salol, Santonin, 01. tereb., 
Sod. benzoate, Tannin, Tar, Valerian. 

156 Dermatitis Medicamentosa. 

Vesicopustular : Antimony, Antipyrin. 

Vesicular: Aconite, Anacardium, Antimony, Antipyrin, 
Arsenic, Bromides, Cannabis Ind., Calx sulfurata, Chloral, Co- 
paiba, Cubebs, Cod liver oil, Ergot, Iodides, Iodoform, Nux 
vomica, Ol. tereb., Opium, Quinine, Salicylates, Sod. santonate. 

Hair Loss : Boric acid, Thallium acetate. 

Drug Types. 

Aconite : Not common ; usually vesicular, exceptionally bul- 
lous, and pustular. 

Acetanilid : Occasional ; erythematous and erythemato- 
papular ; not infrequently cyanosis, especially of lips, face, and 

Alcohol : Rare ; erythematous and urticarial, of generalized 

Anacardium : Rare ; urticarial, vesicular and bullous. 

Antimony (Ant. tart.) : Uncommon; urticarial and vesico- 

Antipyrin : Not common ; usually morbilliform, occasionally 
erythematopapular, polymorphous, scarlatiniform and urticarial ; 
there may be considerable sweating, variable pruritus, and 
desquamation may follow ; trunk, flexures, and occasionally face 
are the most common sites ; mouth, hands and feet may also be 
involved ; exceptionally, vesicopustular, bullous, furuncular and 
purpuric. The erythematopapular may leave behind redness and 
pigmentation for several weeks. Exceptional blackness of the 
skin of the penis (verge noir) has developed, usually taking a 
long time to disappear. 

Antitoxin : Rather frequent ; simple erythema, scarlatini- 
form, morbilliform, urticarial and polymorphous. The morbilli- 
form and scarlatiniform may or may not be followed by desqua- 
mation. There may be prodromic symptoms, or, the outbreak 
may be sudden, with considerable temperature rise and pain and 
swelling about the joints. The rash may appear shortly after 
the injection or not until several days later. The subjective 
symptom of itching is variable. The eruption usually lasts from 
several days to a week. Exceptionally, petechia? are observed. 

Arsenic : Somewhat rare : almost every form of cutaneous 
eruption has resulted from the internal use of Arsenic — erythe- 

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matous, papular, vesicular, urticarial, pustular, petechial, ery- 
sipelatous, herpetic, furuncular, carbuncular, pigmentary, kera- 
totic, ulcerative and gangrenous. The genital region, especially 
the scrotum, is the usual site of the ulcerative, cedematous and 
gangrenous manifestations. Herpes zoster has been observed in 
a number of instances, to follow its use. The prolonged use, as 
in psoriasis and chorea, is sometimes followed by extensive pig- 
mentation, especially about the trunk. Thickening of the callus 
of the hands and soles and over elbows and knuckles is oc- 
casionally noted in long-continued administration. The horny 
formations may undergo epitheliomatous degeneration, and in a 
few instances, death has finally resulted. 

Belladonna — Atropin : Not infrequent, especially in chil- 
dren ; scarlatinous type most usual ; patchy erythematous areas 
or flushings occasional. The eruptions are, as a rule, of short 
duration upon suspending the drug. Exceptionally, erythema 
and gangrene of the scrotum have been observed. Itching is 
sometimes troublesome. 

Bromine Compounds : Quite common. An acne-like, papulo- 
pustular and pustular about the face and shoulders and back most 
frequently ; although the lesions are usually discrete, several or 
more may tend to group and become, in places, confluent, form- 
ing a sluggish, conglomerate patch studded with pustular points 
and slightly resembling a superficial carbuncle. The eruption 
may, in some instances, be more or less generally distributed. 
Occasionally, erythematous, vesicular, papular, urticarial, fur- 
uncular and carbuncular eruptions are observed. Exception- 
ally, an eruption similar to erythema nodosum develops. Bullae 
are rarely noted. 

A rather rare manifestation, occurring, especially in children 
and adolescents, consists of one or several red or purplish-red 
elevated papillomatous or condylomaform areas, sometimes 
crusted, and sometimes with numerous points of pustulation ; 
there may also be in parts of such lesions superficial ulceration, 
but rarely of marked character. Such formations are usually 
of sluggish appearance, and, while they may be numerous and of 
general distribution, there may be but one or two plaques present, 
occupying an area of several square inches. In the latter, the 
lower leg is the most common site ; in the extensive form, legs, 
arms and region of the face are favorite situations. 

158 Dermatitis Medicamentosa. 

Contrary to observations concerning most drugs, the 
Bromide eruption may persist, especially in children, for several 
weeks after discontinuance of the drug. The plaque or con- 
dylomaform type is usually slow in disappearing. 

Benzoic Acid (Sod. Bexzoate) : Uncommon; from Benzoic 
acid, erythematous, erythematopapular and urticarial, the last 
most usual. After Sod. benzoate, erythematous, polymorphous 
and urticarial, with or without furfuraceous desquamation. 

Boric Acid and Sodium Borate : Rare ; from Boric acid, 
erythematous, papular and bullous. An inflammatory, scaly 
eruption, eczematous in character, quite marked on scalp, face and 
neck, with more or less complete loss of hair, has resulted in a 
few instances after long dosage ; condition subsided after stop- 
ping drug and hair grew in again. From Sod. borate, rare ery- 
thematous, morbilliform, eczematous and psoriasiform, the last 
after long use. 

Calx Sulfurata : Xot common ; usually furuncular and 
pustular ; rarely, vesicular ; and exceptionally, petechial. 

Cannabis Indica : Exceptional ; vesicular, more or less gen- 
eral, with puritus. 

Cantharides : Rare ; erythematous and papular. 

Capsicum : Rare ; erythematous and papulovesicular. 

Chinolin : Not infrequent; erythematous; observed in six 
out of twenty fever patients to whom the drug was given. 

Chloral : Not uncommon ; scarlatinous most frequent and 
usually with fever, congestion of buccal and conjunctival mu- 
cosae, and followed by desquamation. Occasionally urticarial, 
papular, and vesicular, and exceptionally bullous, furuncular, 
carbuncular, petechial and ulcerative ; and in children, ulcers of 
tongue and cornea. 

Chloralamid : Exceptional ; punctate erythematous with 
vesicles and redness of nasal and oral membranes, coryza. febrile 
action and subsequent desquamation. 

Chloroform : Not infrequent : erythematous, punctate or 
blotchy ; exceptionally purpuric. 

Cod Liver Oil: Rare; vesicular and acneiform. 

Condurango : Rare ; acnoid and furuncular. 

Conium : Uncommon ; erythematous, papular and erysipela- 

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Copaiba and Cubebs (in combination): Not infrequent; 
usually erythematous, scarlatinious, morbilliform or polymor- 
phous ; rarely, vesicular, papular, bullous, urticarial and 
petechial. There may be considerable pruritus. 

Copaiba : Not infrequent ; most of the rashes from the pre- 
ceding combination are due to Copaiba. 

Cubebs: Rather unusual; erythematous and small papular. 

Digitalis : Exceptional ; scarlatiniform, papular, erythe- 
matopapular, urticarial and erysipelatous (of face). 

Dulcamara: Rare; erythematous, urticarial, and erythe- 

Ergot: Rare; usually only after long use. Vesicular, pe- 
techial, pustular, furuncular, gangrenous ; this last on the ex- 
tremities and usually circumscribed. 

Guarana : Rare : urticarial. 

Guaiacum : Exceptional ; miliary, erythematous. 

Gurjun Oil : Rare ; erythematous and erythematopapular. 

Hyoscyamus : Occasional : commonly erythematous and 
urticarial, with oedema, exceptionally scarlatiniform, pustular 
and purpuric. 

Iodine axd Iodides: Common: usually papulopustular and 
pustular — "Iodide acne ;" generally on face, shoulders, back, al- 
though it may be more or less scattered. Occasionally, two or 
more lesions may blend, as in the Bromides, giving rise to a 
papillomatous, condylomaform, carbuncular, crustaceous or 
rupial area: they are somewhat perisstent. disappearing but 
slowly after stopping drug. 

Exceptionally, the Iodides may provoke a multiform or poly- 
morphous eruption, closely simulating erythema multiforme, 
sometimes erythema nosodum. Urticarial eruptions are also ob- 
served : likewise, vesicular, bullous, purpuric (rarely). The bul- 
lous may be with considerable erysipelatous redness and swell- 
ing, and with more or less profound constitutional disturbance ; 
such lesions may be numerous, sometimes confluent, most com- 
mon on face, hands, arms. Ulcerations beneath the lesions are 
sometimes observed. The bullous and purpuric are usually seen 
with kidney and heart disease. Investigations tend to show that 
the Sodium salt is least apt to cause eruptions. 

Iodoform : Uncommon ; may be erythematous, ervthemato- 

160 Dermatitis Medicamentosa. 

papular and polymorphous, vesicular, bullous and petechial. 
Serious constitutional symptoms can also result; delirium, 
nephritis and death have been observed. 

Ipecacuanha : Exceptional ; circumscribed erysipelatous 
patches of more or less general distribution. 

Jaborandi and Pilocarpin : Rare ; erythematous, miliary, 
papular, urticarial. Active diaphoresis. 

Mercury : Not common ; erythematous, scarlatiniform. 
papular, pustular, herpetic, bullous, purpuric, furuncular, ulcera- 
tive. Almost all, especially the severe, forms result from over- 
dosing and are scarcely observed at the present day. 

Oleum Ricini : Rare ; erythematous, with pruritus. 

Opium Morphine: Not common; erythematous, of scar- 
latiniform, morbilliform and polymorphous types, usually with 
intense itching ; desquamation may follow ; less frequently, 
urticarial ; exceptionally, vesicular, bullous, pustular, furuncular, 

Piper Meth. : Kava-kava, the fermented juice, gives rise to 
erythematosquamous, exfoliative dermatitis. 

Phenacetin : Not common ; erythematous, erythemtopapular 
and urticarial. 

Phosphoric Acid — Phosphorus : Rare ; bullous and purpuric. 

Pimpinella : Exceptional ; urticarial. 

Plumbum (Carbonate and Acetate) : Rare ; erythematous and 

Potassium Chlorate : Exceptional ; erythematopapular, 
polymorphous, cyanotic. 

Quinine, Cinchona : Occasional ; erythematous, scarlatini- 
form, with or without desquamation, most common ; less fre- 
quently urticarial, purpuric, vesicular, bullous, erysipelatous, and 
gangrenous (especially of scrotum). In the scarlatiniform and 
sometimes in other types of general distribution there may be 
considerable constitutional disturbances, with marked febrile 
action, etc. In the desquamating cases this may be branny, 
lamellar, or come off in sheets or from the hands as a partial or 
complete casting. Idiosyncrasy and not dosage is the all-im- 
portant factor. Itching is frequently present, sometimes very 

Rhubarb : Exceptional ; scarlatiniform. desquamative ery- 

Dermatitis Medicamentosa. 161 

Salicylic Acid — Salicylates : Not common ; usually ery- 
thematous, scarlatiniform and urticarial, with or without 
desquamation; rarely vesicular, bullous, purpuric or even 

Salol : Exceptionally ; urticaria. (Very marked in a case of 
the writer's, coming from old school hands.) 

Salipyrin has been credited with oedema and loss of tissue. 

Santonin and Sod. Santonate : Exceptional ; from San- 
tonin in generalized urticarial, with desquamation and oedema; 
from Sod. santonate, vesicular. 

Silver Nitrate : Slate-colored and grayish-black pigmenta- 
tion or discoloration ; exceptionally erythematopapular. 

Stramonium : Not common ; usually erythematous and 
scarlatiniform; rarely erysipelatous and purpuric. 

Strychnine — Nux Vomica : Rare ; scarlatiniform and 
miliary, with pruritus. 

Sulfonal : Occasional ; commonly erythematous and scarla- 
tiniform, with desquamation and pruritus ; rarely morbilliform 
and purpuric. 

Tanacetum : Exceptional ; varioliform. 

Tannin : Rare ; erythematous and urticarial. 

Tar : Rare ; erythematous, morbilliform, urticarial. 

Thallium Acetate : More or less complete alopsecia. 

Tuberculin : Not common ; erythematous, scarlatiniform, 
morbilliform, with or without desquamation; exceptionally, 

Turpentine — Terebene : Occasional ; erythematous, scarla- 
tiniform, morbilliform ; exceptionally, vesicular and papular, 
urticarial and pustular. Terebene, papular, with pruritus. 

Valerian : Exceptional ; urticarlial. 

Veratrum Viride: Rare; erythematous and pustular. 

Viburnum Prunifolium : Exceptional ; scarlatiniform, with 
subsequent desquamation. 

The homceotherapist, who, from the above, cannot obtain re- 
freshment of much of his knowledge, as well as many valuable 
addenda, must be far advanced in dotage. 

The comparative study of Prof. Stelwagon's two repertories 

162 Helianthus Annus. 

should be a scientific delight. We congratulate Prof. Stelwagon. 
It is charming to find in an old school text-book an accurate 
(even if inconsistent) therapeutic approximation of condition 
and remedy; a marshalling of two series of facts which (in- 
consistently) afford the development of a therapeutic law. Con- 
sider the scarlatiniform remedies, and note the possibilities lying 
before the homoeopath; Belladonna's prophylactic and curative 
powers are well known, but, probably, more extended study of 
Chininiun sulfate and Chloral would not be valueless, and. alto- 
gether, the Stelwagon list of scarlatiniform drugs alone is provo- 
cative of thought and experiment and therapeutic practice. 
J 318 Brook Avenue, New York. 

By Eduardo Fornias, M. D. 

Helianthus annus (Eng., Sunflower; Spa., Girasol; Ger., 
Sonnenrose ; Fr., Tournesol). Linn. — Natural Order: Com- 
posite, is the only species employed in Homoeopathy. This 
plant is called sunflozver, because it always turns the flat sur- 
faces of its flowers towards the sun. The flower grows on a 
long, clean stem or stalk, with long terminal leaves, and consists 
•of projecting yellow petals and dark, pointy seeds, gathered to- 
gether in a central alveolar disk. It really presents the aspect 
of a solar disk with its golden rays. It flourishes exuberantly 
in tropical countries, but it is nurse everywhere, and even springs 
up spontaneously in temperate and cold climates, during the 
summer months. It has no fragrancy and its chemical analysis, 
according to Dr. Vargas Pardo, of Bogota (Colombia), shows 
that it contains an alkali, an inodorous substance called camphor ; 
a special oil, helianthic acid (C 7 H 9 4 ), bitter principles, potas- 
sium nitrate, sugar, and a more or less variable amount of 

The Tincture of Helianthus is prepared, according to Hahne- 
mann's Pharmacopoeia, with the petals and seeds of the flower, 
gathered during mild weather ; at twilight or daybreak. When 
collected during damp weather, they seem to lose part of their 
sap, and some of their medicinal virtues. 

The same authority, in his recent excellent paper on 

Helianthus Annus. 163 

Helianthus Annus vel flos solis, published in "La Homoeo- 
patia," organ of the Homoeopathic Institute of Colombia, gives 
the physiological action of this remedy as consisting of dryness 
of the mucous membranes of the mouth, throat' and fauces; 
vomiting; heat and redness of the skin, and slight inflammation 
of the epidermis. He recommends the employment of the tinc- 
ture, and up to the 6. attenuation, and he gives as antidotes of 
this drug, Sambucus and Ammonium, stating that in many 
cases, Graphites and Aconitum are analogous remedies. 

He, likewise, asserts that Helianthus is employed to cure 
the great pustulous o:dcnia; eruptions of psoric character; irrita- 
tive laryngitis; tonsillitis, with burning and disturbance in the 
nasal fossa, and measles, when other remedies fail. It is also 
prescribed, with excellent results, 'in chronic vaginitis, with diffi- 
cult expulsion of gases from the stomach, and anguish and dis- 
tress in the thoracic cavity; and especially in diseases of the di- 
gestive canal. More brilliant yet have been the results obtained 
from this drug, in the treatment of malarial fevers, principally 
when Quinine and its compounds have proved inefficacious. 

He also gives the therapeutic scheme of a celebrated physician 
of Switzerland, which reads, as follows: 1. J\Ieasles. 2. Dis- 
eases of the skin. 3. Thoracic affections. 4. Digestive and 
genital disorders. 

It was stated in a foreign journal, some time ago, that the 
common sunflower was gaining favor in many parts of Europe 
as a febrifuge; that in Russia, where this plant is extensively 
cultivated for its edible seeds and its oil, fever patients sleep upon 
beds of sunflower leaves; and that a Russian physician, experi- 
menting on one hundred children, between one month and 
twelve years of age, had found the alcoholic extracts of the 
leaves and Holders to cure fever as rapidly as Quinine. 

By the above description, however, I am inclined to think that 
the Helianthus annus is not the plant referred to as being ex- 
tensively cultivated in Russia for its seeds and oil. The only; 
species of Helianthus grown for culinary purposes, that I know,. 
is the variety called tubcrosus, the Jerusalem Artichoke, a native 
of Brazil, much resembling the common sunflower in habit and 

I took interest in the above report, and have since, in anything 

164 Helianthus Annus. 

referring to the plant, on account of a rare case of poisoning I 
was called to treat over two years ago. The patient was a Rus- 
sian boy, nine years old, who, the day before, had eaten a 
quantity of sunflower seeds he picked off in a neighboring yard. 
I found him suffering with a distressing nausea and vomiting 
of a greenish substance. The face was flushed, the tongue dry 
and morbidly red, with raised papillcc, the bowels inactive, and 
there was some febrile disturbance. For a couple of days the 
appetite was entirely lost, and a critical green fermented stool, 
with some tenesmus, ended his sufferings. The only remedies 
prescribed with favorable results were Ipecac. 6., followed by a 
single dose of Sulphur 30. It is unnecesaary to say why, as I 
am, this time, not writing for students. Further inquiry from the 
mother revealed the fact that the family, while living in Russia, 
had been in the habit of eating the seeds of the sunflower, and 
she positively asserted, that the partaking of these seeds in this 
country, by some members of the family, had always been fol- 
lowed by sickness of the stomach and vomiting, and she was 
still more positive that the sunflower of this country was not 
like the one that grows in Russia. In view of all this, I planted 
the Helianthus annus in my own yard, nursed carefully the 
plants, gathered the flowers in due time, and had the reliable 
house of Boericke & Tafel to prepare for me the mother tincture. 

Since I obtained this remedy, only several months ago, I de- 
termined to utilize the knowledge the above experience gave me, 
and I am glad to say I did not wait long to put into practice this 
knowledge. I prescribed Helianthus 3X. in two cases of acute 
malaria, with predominant gastric disorder; in a case of simple 
continued fever, with gastric disturbance, dry skin and 
an uniform, diffused redness of the surfaces of the body; and 
externally and internally in a case of lichen tropicus (prickly 
heat), which commenced with vomiting, insomnia, restlessness, 
and never showed a tendency to become vesicular. This patient 
was convalescing from a severe attack of malaria, with inter- 
mittent manifestations. If lichen tropicus is, as Fox asserts, an 
affection of the sweat glands, this may be a hint for the con- 
sideration of Helianthus, in glandular diseases. 

Of course, the cases given, are few, and require repeated 
verifications for the indorsement of this remedy; but everything 

Helianthus Annus. 165 

must have a beginning, and, for my part, I am quite convinced 
that there is real therapeutic value in Sunflower. 

The only proving we have of this remedy, is by Dr. Cessoles, 
of Switzerland, which is incorporated in Allen's Encyclopaedia of 
Materia Medica. It reads as follows : 

Head. — Headache. 

Eye. — Slight redness on the margin of the left upper lid, with 
smarting in the inner canthus. Eyes suffused. 

Nose. — After a short time slight epistaxis occurred, and the 
nostrils became free from pre-existing catarrhal discharges. 

Face. — Anxious countenance. Face deeply flushed. 

Mouth. — Sticking in the upper back teeth. Tongue and 
fauces very red, and inclined to dryness. Unusually hot taste 
while eating. Difficulty in articulating. 

Throat. — Stiffness and dryness of the throat. Sensation of 
glowing in the throat and stomach. Severe burning sensation 
in the fauces, oesophagus, and epigastrium. 

Stomach. — Thirst. Nausea. Vomiting (produced apparently 
by too large a dose). This effect recurred frequently, though in 
slight degree, when Helianthus had been administered for an 
ordinary cold. Symptoms increased in severity until she vomited 
freely, when she felt rather better. 

Rectum and Anus. — Haemorrhoids. 

Stool. — Stool, soft, black, with emission of semen. Hard, 
black stool every second day. 

Respiratory Organs. — Voice hoarse. Cough, in the fore- 
noon, with gelatinous expectoration streaked with blood. 
Breathing rather difficult and hurried. 

Pulse — Pulse no, full, soft, and compressible. 

Inferior Extremities. — Rheumatic pain in the left knee on 
descending stairs. 

Skin. — Skin generally of a scarlet redness, and very hot. 
Groups of red pimples on the inner side of the knee, with slight 
itching. Many urticaria-like pimples, especially on the inner side 
of the forearm, and afterwards on the leg*, afterwards itching 
in external warmth, in the morning and night. Small, red tetter 
to the right of the navel. Tingling of the skin. 

Authorities : — Dr. Cessoles took expressed juice of flowers 
(B. J. of Horn., 2, 169 — from trans, from Bib. Horn, de Geneve). 

166 Beriberi and Its Treatment. 

Effects on a lady, aged 40. ibid. — A. H. Z., 31, p. 20 (apparently 
from Bib. Horn, de Geneve, though the symptoms differ very 
materially from preceding; the original is not accesible), effects 
on a man. Effects on a girl. Davey, from Med. Gaz.. Oct., 
1848; effects on a woman of eating a quantity of sunflower 
seed. — (See my case ut supra.) 

By Dr. Srish Chandra Casu, L. H. M. S. 

Synonym. — Bad sickness of Ceylon — peripheral neuritis. 

Definition. — According to some authorities, beriberi is a com- 
plicated case of dropsy, while the others are of opinion that it is 
an epidemic form of neuritis. 

The name beriberi has been given to this disease by Nalanban — - 
Singalese for weakness, and by repetition implies great weak- 

This disease is common in Burma, Celyon, Eastern Archi- 
pelago, China and the southern coast of India, and generally at- 
tacks people living in damp and swampy locations in these 
countries. Sometimes it breaks out among the Europeans, native 
troops, and convicts in jail in these places, but it is seldom found 
in European countries. 

At the present time, Calcutta has been visited by this disease 
and many are dying from it. 

Etiology. — The fertile brain of our friends of the old school 
will probably connect with some microbe of special type, as it 
sometimes breaks out in epidemic form. Actually, some of them 
have surmised that it is due to a lucmatozoon allied to that caus- 
ing malaria, as there is a certain periodicity about some of the 
symptoms. Be that as it may, the exciting causes are cold and 
wet, hence beriberi occurs, generally, towards the close of the 
rainy season. 

Among the predisposing causes may be mentioned, (1) the 
hydrogenoid conditions of blood, (2) ill health, (3) consequences 
which follow a neglect of sanitary laws, (4) scorbutic diathesis, 
(5) rheumatic and gouty disposition, (6) co-existing heart, 
liver and renal diseases. Overcrowding is often a potent factor 
in bringing out an epidemic of this disease. 

Beriberi and Its Treatment. 167 

Classification. — There are three varieties of this disease, (1) 
the atrophic, or dry, (2) the hydropic, or wet, and (3) the 
acute pernicious type. 

The atropine type usually presents the ordinary symptoms of 
a severe multiple neuritis, such as severe pains and muscular 
weakness, followed by atrophic paralysis. 

The hydropic exhibits almost the same symptoms as those in 
the atrophic, with the addition of oedema and disturbances in the 
•circulatory organs. 

The pernicious type is characterized by the symptoms of the 
foregoing, which progress to a fatal termination with peculiar 

Symptoms. — This disease is prone to attack all ages and sexes. 
The incipient stage is marked by great and progressive weak- 
ness, lassitude and faintness. As it progresses, the numbness of 
the body, with stiffness and pain, oedema of the lower limbs, 
anaemia becomes apparent : then the trunk and face get swollen, 
and eventually there are anxiety and vomiting — sometimes of 
blood. Now the urine becomes scanty, and sometimes almost 
•suppressed, the thirst great, the pulse intermittent and frequent, 
skin dry and warm, and temperature rises from 101 to 103 . 
Then comes the fluttering or palpitation of heart, with a sense 
•of suffocation, probably due to effusion of serum into the plurae 
and pericardium. In some 'cases there is effusion in the peri- 
toneum, exhibiting signs of ascites, and in the meninges of the 
brain, followed by coma towards the close of the disease; diar- 
rhoea often supervenes, but this is sometimes brought on by too 
much use of purgatives injudiciously given by some physicians. 
In this way, the patient struggles for two or three weeks, and 
•sometimes for a month or more, and at last dies from exhaustion. 
In some cases, in the midst of apparent improvement, death oc- 
curs suddenly and unexpectedly, probably, from embolism. 

Prognosis. — In cases, which terminate favorably, the oedema 
does not extend beyond the lower extremities ; kidney, lungs, 
heart and brain remain unaffected ; there is no constitutional dis- 
ease : sweating is abundant, urine is profuse and stool copious 
and watery. In unfavorable cases, there are oedema of lungs, 
hydrothorax, hydropericardium, ascites, cranial effusion, sup- 
pression of urine, absence of perspiration, alarming anaemia, in- 
termittent and compressed pulse, coma and convulsion. 

i68 Beriberi and Its Treatment. 

Diagnosis. — This disease is likely to be confounded with ana- 
sarca, but, in the latter, there is often derangement of kidney, 
liver, or heart, proceeding sometimes back. 

Pathology. — There is a very meagre information about the 
pathological change which this disease brings about — so far, it 
is certain, that the blood is found in watery condition with co- 
agulation here and there in the circulatory system. While the 
white corpuscles of blood increase abnormally, the red corpuscles 
diminish considerably. The serous membranes become affected 
and the veins and arteries lose their power of absorption, due 
mainly to the effusion of serum in the cavity. The visceral or- 
gans are often found filled with water. 

Treatment. — By way of general treatment, it is suggested that 
the means which prevent anaemia should be adopted. The vapor 
or hot bath seems beneficial, and wet sheet packing is also recom- 
mended. The diet should consist of milk, soup and animal food 
and also fresh fruits. 

As to the remedial agencies, our brethren of the allopathic 
school would probably give a combination of Digitalis and steel, 
relieve the bowels with purgatives and resort to diuretic, and in 
extreme cases, to stimulate also. Dr. Tanner recommends two 
remedies, which he found much esteemed in India, although he 
himself is not very confident about their curative value. These 
are Treeak Farook and Oleum Nigram; the dose of the former 
is 3 to 15 grains and that of the latter, 10 minims. 

The homoeopathic treatment of this disease appears to be most 
natural and effective, but, unfortunately, homoeopaths here have 
little opportunity of testing their skill in combating with it, as, 
in their eagerness, the people often run to the allopathic doctor 
for help. I, however, suggest the following few remedies which 
may be tried by our brethren : 

Apis Mel.: In all variety of the disease, urine scanty, in- 
somnia, absence of thirst, stinging burning pain in different parts 
of the body. Must sit up to get any ease. 

Apocynum Can.: General dropsy with sinking feeling at the 
pit of the stomach. Stomach irritable, cannot retain even a 
draught of water. Bruised feeling in the abdominal wall. 
Choked up if he lies down, sitting Up relieves. Urine scanty or 
suppressed. Thirst great. 

Beriberi and Its Treatment. 169 

Arsenic. Alb. : The body, particularly the face, looks livid, 
pale or greenish. Great prostration and debility. Faint feeling 
from slight motion. Tongue dry. Great thirst, but drinks only 
a little at a time. Feeling of suffocation, especially at night 
when lying on back. Great anxiety. Warm within, but cold 
outside. Diarrhoea, with foul smelling stool. Fear of death. 

Asparagus : Applicable to old people with affection of heart. 
Face pale, wax-like and bloated. Expression of anxiety and dis- 
tress. Heart visibly throbbing, especially at night. Urine scanty, 
straw-colored and foul. 

Aurum: Ascites, due to functional disturbance of abdominal 

Bryonia Alb. : CEdema of feet, swelling increases during day, 
but lessens at night. Obstinate constipation or retarded stool. 
Frequent desire to pass urine, but only a few drops at a time. 
Lower eyelids cedematous. Lips bluish, dry, cracked. Great 

Cactus Grandiflorus: CEdema of the hands, especially the left. 
CEdema of lower limbs. Skin shining, and pits on pressure. 

Cantharis: Dropsy from the atony of the urinary organs. 

Chimaphila : Anasarca following intermittent fever. 

China : CEdema in consequence of the affection of the liver 
and spleen or arises from the loss of animal fluid. 

Colchicum: CEdema due to heart disease in consequence of 
acute rheumatism. Face yellow, and cedematous swelling of feet 
and leg. Skin dry and cold or alternating with heat during 
night. Scanty, dark colored urine. 

Convolvulus : L T rine almost entirely suppressed. Abdomen 
filled with water. Constipation. Weakness, with good appetite. 
Could eat more if there is more room. 

Digitalis : Difficult micturition. Countenance pale. Inter- 
mitting pulse. Doughy swelling, which easily yields to pressure 
of finger. Cyanotic symptoms. 

Eupatorium Pur p.: Swelling all over the body, due to renal 

Fluoric Acid: When the abdomen is affected from the en- 
larged or indurated liver in consequence of drinking whisky. 

Ferrum : CEdema of the body. Anaemia, with pale face and 
lips. Great debility. Great paleness of the mucous membrane, 
especially that of the cavity of the mouth. 

iyo Beriberi and Its Treatment. 

Helleborus: Acute cases. Diarrhoea of jelly-like mucus 
with griping. Suppression of urine. Slow comprehension and 
slow in answering questions. 

Helonias : Swelling of whole body, with general debility. 
Connected with atonic condition of the sexual organs and renal 

Hepar Sulph. : Due to Bright's disease. 

Iris Vers. : In consequence of hepatic disease. 

Kali Carb. : Swelling over eyelids. In complication with 
heart and liver affection. Skin dry. Worse at 3 a. m. 

Lycopodium: Upper portion of the body emaciated, while 
the lower is greatly swollen. One foot cold and the other warm. 
Restless sleep. Urine scanty with red sediment. 

Lachesis : Complicated with heart, liver and spleen diseases. 
Hoarse after sleep. Cyanosis. Urine black and scanty. Faeces 
offensive. Dyspnoea. 

Ledum: Swelling with pain in the limbs. Dry skin. 

Leptandra : Swelling of abdomen or whole body from the ob- 
structed circulation in the portal system. 

Mercurius : Abdomen swollen, tense and hard. Not much 
thirst. Oppression of chest. General heat, and sweat which does 
not relieve. Anguish. Constant short and racking cough. 

Natrum Mur. : Distension of stomach. Complexion sallow 
and very pale. Constipation. 

Natrum Sulph.: Hydremia, hydrocyanid condition of blood. 

Nux Vom.: In consequence of gastro-intestinal derangement,, 
sedentary life. 

Opium: Cranial effusion. Stertorous breathing. Coma. 
Face bluish. 

Seneeio: Abdomen very tense. Feet and legs swollen. Pain 
in the lumbar region. Urine scanty and high colored, or pro- 
fuse and watery. Especially suited to females. 

Senega: When the disease is confined to chest. 

Spigelia : Hydrothorax. Dyspnoea during motion in bed. 
Can lie only on right side and with trunk raised. Anxiety and 
palpitation of the heart. 

Tercbin. : Hydrothorax with suffocative fit at night when 
turning to the other side, but going on sitting up. Dropsical, 
burning swelling of the external parts. After suppressed erup- 

Echinacea and a Few of Its Uses, 171 

tion. Skin dry and husky. Sleep with moaning. Quick pulse. 
Cold feet. Sweats easily, especially on the face. Painless diar- 
rhoea, particularly in the morning. 

Zinc u 111 : Convulsion. Brain failing. From effusion of 
brain. Eve closed. 

2$ Parvati CJiaran Ghosc's Lane, Calcutta, India. 


The first case in which I used Echinacea was that of an 
old man who came to me after his regular physician had given 
him up to die from septicaemia from absorption from the urinary 
bladder after twelve years of catheter life. His left foot and leg 
were tremendously swollen, but there was no pitting, the swell- 
ing being very hard. Had had the chills at times with following 
perspiration ; was unable to walk and was subject to such severe 
pains that Morphia had been given continually. He was first 
put through a good course of Strych. phos. 2-4 and then put 
on Hexamethalinc, 5 grs. twice a day, to keep the bladder as in- 
nocent as possible. Following this he was given Echinacea tinc- 
ture, one drop every hour, which was later increased to two 
drops. The result was not a complete cure in two days, but in 
less than two weeks the pain ceased, appetite improved; in two 
months the swelling of the limb had softened sufficiently to 
allow walking in moderation, and from that time for eighteen 
months, he remained in comparative comfort. At times, as 
special symptoms arose, he was given other drugs, but usually 
his medication was as outlined above. 

Of course, I claim no cure, but life in comparative comfort for 
two extra years is well worth considering if the average man 
may be allowed to judge. 

One other case of my own — Mrs. D. S. Taken suddenly with 
acute cramps and pains in abdomen, "low down," as she ex- 
pressed it, with extreme soreness over both ovarian regions, and 
the uterine also, about five days after another physician had re- 
placed a misplaced uterus with a sound. Had slight convulsions, 
ill defined; temperature, ioo° F. ; pulse, 112. Could not bear 
weight of either bed clothes or night robe — profuse leucorrhoea, 

1/2 Echinacea and a Fcz^' of Its Uses. 

pain severe in lumbar region. Gave Echinacea tincture hourly 
the first day with pearls of Amyl nitrite for convulsive attacks. 
Second day repeated same, and in five days pain was all gone, 
soreness largely gone and patient up and at work about the 

Reports from other physicians show quite a variation in dos- 
age and effect. 

One reports relief and probable cure of a case of septic endo- 
carditis after anti-streptococcus serum had been given in vain. 
Tincture used, 20 m. 

One reports using it on himself for a crop of boils without 
effect. Strength and amount used not given, but material doses 
were taken. One reports apparent cure of a like case with the 

One physician in Vermont, who has used it extensively for six 
years, says he has had uniform success and is especially pleased 
with it in cases of septic abortion or sepsis after labor. 

A most interesting case of pyaemia was treated in Wesson 
Hospital, after six weeks trying other things unsuccessfully, by 
full doses of Echinacea tincture, with the result that chills, sweats, 
fever and finally sickness ceased, and now the patient is well on 
toward recovery. This particular result has been questioned 
somewhat, because of a few doses of Sulph., given at one time. 

Among the major symptoms collected by Dr. Fahnestock from 
twenty-five provers, including himself, are the following: 

Dulness in the head, with cross, irritable feeling. Confused 
feeling in brain, depressed afternoons. Drowsy — can't apply 
mind, restless, dull headache. Troubled dreams ; severe headache 
in back of head, better on rest. Dull or sharp pain in eyes, 
worse reading. Stuffiness in nostrils, nose feels full. Face pale 
when head aches. Neuralgia of fifth nerve, tongue coated white, 
gas in stomach, metallic taste in mouth, anorexia, nausea, better 
lying down. Pain in right hypochondrium. abdomen feels full. 
Urine — pale, profuse, frequent. Increase of heart's action with 
anxiety. Pain in small of back, wrists, fingers and knees ; cold 
feet, weakness of limbs, depressed, tired, exhausted, aches all 
over. Worse zfier eating; evenings, after physical or mental 
labor ; better at rest. Chills run up back, cold flashes. Itching 
and burning of skin, pimples on neck and face. Diminution of 
red corpuscles. 

litis. 173 

A greater - 3m regarding 's alleged virtues 

exists near Boston than toward the west, traceable, probably, to 
the point of it? origination. Accessible proving? are believed by 
many to be n Me. and while we are willing to admit 

this, we can hard 1 . ourselves 

time a? it? proving? shall meet our full expectation?. In all 
probability the symptoms we have at present \: are 

just a? reliable as th >s< i many a 3 w use freely and 

of whose proving we may feel quite we'd satisfied. 

The concensus of opinion favor? sixty- lr< p doses of the tinc- 
ture, and in some cases I believe it - - s, and give 
it about four time? daily. 

I would not by any is neglect such accessory treatments 

a? seem indicated in in lividual cases, such as irrigating ?eptic 
cavities, flushing out the bowel?, or any other proceeding sug- 
gested by common sense. 

From my own experience, as well as that oi other?. I believe 

acea to be a valuable acquisition to our materia medica, 

and that after a careful trial on a few seleeted cases you will be 

unwilling to be wil — Dr. E. W. Cap:';:, in New England 

Medical Gj^rttc. 

By H. O., Assistant Surgeon in P. 

The case I here report wa? that of my mother, and I premise 
a description of it : My mother i? sixty-nine years old. of a 
weak constitution, and inclined to di?ea?e? of the abdomen. From 
the time of her last childbirth, in the year 1S77. she had an in- 
guinal rupture on the left side. In general, she wa? in good 
health up to the year 1900. when in June of that year, she had 
an inflammation of the liver. For this she was treated bv a 
homoeopathic physician, Dr. H.. in K.. for ?ix week?, with good 

Toward? the end of the year 1903, my mother began to com- 
plain of pain? in the abdomen, which increased up to March. 
1904. but she wa? unable to say anything definite a? to the seat 
of the pain. Xow to come to the case itself : 

174 A Case of Typhlitis. 

On April, 1904 (Easter Sunday), I was called to see my 
mother, who lived about half a mile from my house, and word 
was sent that she was seriously ill. I went at once and found 
my mother in a violent fever. On asking whether there had been 
anything preceding the attack, she answered that the evening 
before, she had a shaking chill, followed later on by heat. She 
had not been able to sleep all night, owing to the pains in her 
abdomen. She especially complained of pains in the ilio-ccecal 
region. The temperature was 104 F., and the pulse no a 
minute. To understand better about the pains, I carefully ex- 
amined the abdomen and found it very painful, but only in the 
region of the vermiform appendix. This showed a great sensi- 
tiveness to pressure, as also at every movement of the patient. 
On palpation I felt a long immovable and smooth swelling, 
which, in form and position, perfectly corresponded to the ccecum 
and the beginning of the colon ascendens. To this was added 
nausea and eructation, but no vomiting ; there had also been con- 
stipation for two days. From these symptoms I at once con- 
cluded on typhlitis. 

Owing to the severity of the case, I at once called in the 
allopathic physician, who came immediately. After he had ex- 
amined my mother, I asked him for his diagnosis. He gave 
this as hernia on the left side, and he suspected that there was 
also an incarcerated hernia on the right side, although there was 
a total lack of vomiting. He also advised us to be ready for any 
emergency, as, owing to the severity of the case, the patient was 
not apt to survive the night. When he had thus given his view, 
I told him also my view of the case, and he said, that this could 
not be decided at once, but it was possibly correct. He would 
next day make another examination. But if it should grow 
worse in the meantime, we should call him at once. His pre- 
scription consisted in suppositories for the stool, Phenacitin 
powders, Codein and Tine. Opii simpl. Besides this, he di- 
rected cold compresses to be laid on the swelling, which should 
also be rubbed with mercury ointment. 

The suppositories were of no effect ; I did not give her the 
powders and the tincture, as I thought the stool ought to have 
been secured by the suppositories, while the Opium tincture is 
used by allopaths chiefly in catarrh of the bowels. 

A Case of Typhlitis. 175 

Whether I acted right, I leave for the reader to judge : I gave 
Aconitum 3. and Belladonna 3.. in alternation, every quarter 
of an hour. I also prescribed hot compresses of linseed oil, 
which, however, were not well endured by the patient. On ac- 
count of the constipation, I gave Mercurius sol. 3. D.. every two 
hours, a powder of one grain. Next morning the doctor came 
early and made his examination. I met him on the street and 
asked him as to the result of his examination, when he con- 
firmed the diagnosis which I had made, and told me to continue 
his medicines. He said that the patient would have eventually 
to be operated on. but for the present he would not operate, 
since, owing to the weakness of the patient, the effect would 
probablv be fatal. As no stool had as yet resulted, he prescribed 
a clyster of soap suds, which he administered himself. A little 
firm stool had been discharged in consequence. On leaving he 
directed me to repeat the clyster next morning and desired to 
be notified of the result. The temperature on the evening of 
April 3. had mounted to 102 F.. the pulse being 115 a minute. 
When I came to my mother's house she complained to me, that 
she had not been able to sleep for pains all night ; she also added 
that all night her abdomen had been distended and gas had been 
discharged continually, causing the most violent pains. I left her 
continue the other remedies, and gave her, during the day. 
Opium 1.. four drops in a teaspoonful of water, every hour to 
half hour, which somewhat eased her pains, so that she had some 
sleep the following night. On the fifth of April I administered 
the clyster prescribed, about a pint and a half. when, in about 
fifteen minutes, quite a quantity of blackish-brown, fetid stool 
was discharged, causing a considerable relief. I immediately 
notified the physician of the result, and he said that this was a 
very good sign. He desired to examine the urine, which was 
at once sent to him ; he said that it only showed a slight trace 
of albumen. The temperature now fluctuated between 104" and 
102 . I discontinued the Mercurius. On the tenth of April the 
swelling had much increased in size. I now stopped the use of 
Aconitum and Belladonna, and gave instead He par and Silicea 
in alternation, whereupon the pains increased, and there were 
some nodules formed around the swelling. Owing to this very 
aggravation, I continued the medicines, until the pains, which 

ij6 Clinical Cases of Renal Hemorrhages. 

were very violent, reached their acme on the 15th and 17th of 
April, and the swelling broke open on the afternoon of April 18, 
in the ilio-ccecal region, and about two quarts of putrid pus 
were discharged. The physician was at once called in and was 
much surprised at the quantity of the pus as well as at the rapid 
and favorable turn of affairs. After the pus was pretty well dis- 
charged, he pushed a plug of Iodoform gauze, about two inches 
deep into the opening, and directed me to renew this every day 
for six or seven days. 

I continued the Hepar and the Silicea for a few days more ; but 
after four days no more pus was discharged, so I discontinued 
the Hepar and continued the Silicea for another week. After this 
the plug of gauze was thrust out and the opening closed slowly, 
after which I discontinued also the Silicea. As there was con- 
siderable sleeplessness, I gave her Passiflora tincture, fifteen 
drops, and was well satisfied with the effects. 

On the 25th of April the patient left her bed for a few 
hours, and she is quite restored. Whether my mother, if we 
had followed all the directions of the physician had recovered, 
may well be doubted. — Leipzig er pop. f. Ho in. 


By Dr. Granow, Frankfurt, A. M. 

I. Mr. W. M., of Hanau, had been sick with renal haemor- 
rhages, with, and also without renal colic. He had been treated 
and looked into according to all the rules of our art, he had also 
taken quite a variety of medicines, was for a time in Wildungen, 
as also in the clinics at Bonn and at Heidelberg. He has, in- 
deed, had times in which he was free from attacks, but has 
never been free from pains. When I saw him he was very 
much depressed and despondent. My diagnosis pointed to renal 
gravel. I treated the patient for a year and three months, and 
cured him with Phosphorus, Terebinthina, Nitric aciduni, and 
Coccus cacti. At least, he is quite well since last July. I hope 
that he will not be troubled with a relapse. In any event, he 
has never before had five months without an attacks. His free 
periods before this never exceeded eight days. 

Clinical Cases of Renal Hemorrhages. 177 

II. Merchant Sch., of Sachsenhausen, brought me in the be- 
ginning of August last, his urine in which, as a sediment, there 
was a thick stratum of yellowish lumps and of pus and mucus, 
over which there was spread a thick coating of blood corpuscles, 
as I could plainly see with the microscope. The patient is quite 
emaciated and his mucous membranes are pale. He is very 
much depressed, as he thinks he ought to recall his engagement 
to be married, owing to his disease. He has no faith in a cure. 
His condition was, indeed, quite alarming. I had to make my 
diagnosis as tuberculosis, and then consider what was best to 
be done. Quite a desperate case ! 

By the administration of Tuberculin, Nitric acidum and Ar- 
senicum jodatum, I have now restored him so far, that the urine, 
which, when brought to me at first, was mostly of a milky ap- 
pearance, now shows only a slight turbidity, while it is dis- 
charged without pain ; the patient has regained some of his 
weight and is now in hopes of getting well. Traces of blood 
still appear now and then. He feels himself so far invigorated 
that he has undertaken, with his bride, a two weeks' tour to 
visit his parents. I am quite content with my success so far and 
hope he will be entirely restored. 

III. Merchant H., in L. This case occurred a few years 
back. The patient, owing to a contusion from a falling tree, had 
such copious haemorrhages from the kidneys, that the physicians 
were perplexed, and were going to excise the kidney, in order to 
check the haemorrhage. The haemorrhage was not at once 
checked by Terebinthina. The urine, however, graduallv as- 
sumed a lighter color and in three weeks was entirely clear. In 
six weeks he could again take up his work. — Pop. .c. f. Horn., 

178 Book Notices. 


Enlarged Tonsils Cured by Medicine. By J. Comp- 

ton Burnett, M. D., London. Second Edition. 100 pages. 

Cloth, 60 cents. Postage, 5 cents. Philadelphia : Boericke & 

Tafel. 1908. 

Though this little volume is a "second edition," it is but a 
reprint of the original first edition, for, alas, Burnett is no longer 
living, save in his books. And those books ! This is but one of 
them, but they are all along one general line, which is at variance 
with some accepted procedure in medicine, allopathic or homoeo- 
pathic. Not that Burnett was a medical iconoclast, but ever and 
anon he would revolt against an accepted practice, would try for 
some new and better method, would investigate until his new 
departures were proved to his own satisfaction to be better than 
the old and then he would embody them in a small book instead 
of a magazine article, for the former lives, if worthy, while the 
latter is soon unattainable and too often forgotten. This little 
book is an illustration of his methods, theories and practice. It 
is the accepted practice to cut out the enlarged tonsils and then 
in Burnett's words, "heave a sigh of relief, 'Now that's done 
with!' But is it? I fear not." The enlarged tonsil, in his eyes, 
is but an evidence of a deep-seated disease and the cutting leaves 
the patient as badly off as ever, even if the operation does give 
seeming relief. Cure the patient and the tonsils will become nor- 
mal. This little book, like every one of the many he wrote, is 
well worth reading, reading very carefully and, in time, reading 
again. Next to Ringworm, it is his smallest book, but points to 
the underlying conditions, as is done in his other books, rather 
than to the local exhibition of the disease in the patient. "When 
you cut off a tonsil you certainly get rid of it, so you do if you 
shrivel it with gland tissue destroyers, but the perfect cure is 
where the enlargement disappears under the influence of dyna- 
mic remedies ; here the normal tonsils remain to do the work al- 
lotted to them within nature's cycle." This was his view. Glanc- 
ing over the remedies he used, one is struck by the fact that the 
most "advanced" medicine of the day is but an awkward stum- 
bling in his footsteps ; he gave the potentized nosode direct, while 
the advanced one first potentizes it through the veins of a horse, 

Book X of ices. 179 

or goat, doctors it with antiseptics and administers it by the hypo- 
dermic syringe, with poor results when compared to those ob- 
tained by Burnett. That his methods are not regarded favorably 
by many homoeopaths, and are even condemned by some of them, 
is most true, but — try them, no harm can result in these "hope- 
less" cases, and something very new may be learned, new and 
valuable. There is something in Burnett's books that gives them 
unwonted vitality. 

The Production and Handling of Clean Milk. By 
Kenelm Winslow, M. D.. M. D. V., B. A. S. (Harv.). 207 
pages. Cloth, $2.50. Xew York : William R. Jenkins Co. 

The author writes : The aim of this book is to provide a work- 
ing guide for those pursuing, or wishing to pursue, one of the 
most wholesome, worthy and laudable undertakings — the produc- 
tion of '"clean milk." The book contains 47 illustrations and 17 
plates, and gives the inquirer about all the milk lore he can ask. 

The Correction of Featural Imperfections. By Charles 
C. Miller, M. D. 134 pages. 121110. Cloth. $1.50. Published 
by the Author. 
On the side of this little book is stamped "Cosmetic Surgery." 

It tells how the author corrects facial defects, which seems to be 

a growing branch of surgery. 

Therapeutics of Vibration. The Healing of the Sick an 
Exact Science. By Wm. Lawrence Woodruff, M. D. 144 

pages. Cloth, $1.50. J. F. Elwell Publishing Co.. Los An- 
geles, Cal. 

The author, a member of the American Institute of Homce- 
opathy, is enthusiastic over vibration, which makes electrical 
treatment "seem ordinary/" and will bring the physical millen- 
nium about if anything can. Those who want to know about 
vibration can get the book. 

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Passi flora in Insomnia. — "I have observed the action of 
Passiflora in the treatment of insomnia. The remedy cannot be 
used indiscriminately, but I have found that where there is an 
absence of pain, it may be given in the majority of cases to pro- 
duce quiet and restful sleep. I add a teaspoonful to half of a 
glass of water, and give the mixture in teaspoonful doses every 
half hour before retiring until the patient is quiet. I would ad- 
vise the physicians who have not used it to try it." — Ida H. 
Barnes, M. D., in Ellingwood's Therapeutist. 

Send if Interested. — Our excellent Uncle Sam's "Forest 
Service, Washington, D. C," has discovered a cheap method of 
treating timber so that it will last three or four times longer than 
if untreated. Any interested Recorder reader should send his 
name to above address for a free copy of directions. 

It is the Law. — Antitoxins, vaccines, opsonines, seras and 
isopathy seem to be hopelessly mixed, but it is the great homoeo- 
pathic Law that gives them what vitality they possess. Take a 
disease product, whether "cultivated" or not. It is not the dis- 
ease. It will produce symptoms in the human body. It will 
cure its similar symptoms in disease. The virus, to use the old 
fashioned term, of small-pox, is not small-pox, yet it will pro- 
duce symptoms similar to small-pox, and it will cure and pre- 
vent small-pox. It is homoeopathic to its symptoms. All the 
marvels of modern medicine in this region of research are 
nothing but old Homoeopathy, more or less hampered by so- 

Editorial. 181 

called scientific bandages and useless spangles. Any substance 
that will cause deviations from health will tend to cure similar 

Small-Pox in Japan. — We were shown a letter recently from 
Japan in which the w r riter said that small-pox had broken out 
in that country and that the officials were hard pressed for vac- 
cine material. Compulsory vaccination is enforced in that coun- 
try with Japanese thoroughness, but, for all that, the disease has 
made its appearance. Small-pox really seems inevitable after a 
great war and even the superb medical corps of Japan could not 
prevent it. It would be useless to advocate the use of Vavioli- 
num, even though it would be the most effective means of stay- 
ing the disease outside of sanitation, for Japan does not officially 
recognize Homoeopathy, which, in view of the fact that it adopts 
everything else progressive, is singular. 

Be "Liberal/'' — Among the many odd bits of printed drift- 
wood that float this way, is a little journal that relates the fol- 
lowing case, in good faith : At the age of eighteen, a young man 
was "sorely afflicted with spinal trouble, which baffled all medical 
skill, and which, for, at least, seven months of each year, for 
thirty-nine years, had rendered him a helpless cripple." He had 
been a "backslider," but returned to grace, and one night, after 
thirty-nine years, by earnest prayer, "he was certainly com- 
pletely healed. His spine, which had had a curvature, was now, 
thank God, perfectly straight." To confirm the truth of this 
case the photograph of the man is given, before and after, the 
healing. After healing he presents the picture of a fine looking 
man. What are you going to do about it? Be "liberal" and 
"investigate" or be liberal and leave them alone? The latter 
liberality is the wisest, and the only successful to pursue in 
meeting these queer, religious obsessions. Opposition and reason 
but fans them to fury. 

The Examining Board Czar. — At a public meeting held at 
Philadelphia, February 16, Dr. Henry Beates, Jr., chairman of 
the State Board of Medical Examiners of Pennsylvania, who, of 
late, has appeared so frequently in the newspapers that his name 

1 82 Editorial. 

is almost as well-known as that of "Professor" Munyon to news- 
paper readers, gave warning that : 

"I will give the officers of these diploma mills, who are grind- 
ing out so-called 'doctors,' just six months more to alter their 
standards. I shall not expose them just yet," etc. 

The hypercritical might smile over Dr. Beates' English (alter- 
ing standards being a rather peculiar phrase, especially as this is 
one of the faults, according to him, of the product of the medical 
diploma mills, against which he fulminates), but what will strike 
the cynic is the czar-like "I." Dictatorship is something new 
to the American people, as yet, except from the political boss, 
and he is very chary of publicly launching his "I command !" 
He has had more experience, however, than his medical brother. 
When a public officer, at least that is what he is supposed to be, 
publicly brands old and honored colleges as "diploma mills," it 
shows that one of two things must be true in the matter. 

ist. That public officer has the personal power and intends to 
use it, or, 

2d. He has very strong convictions of his own importance 
and power, from which he may recover in time. 

If the first point be true it is a veritable thought provoker. 

The Dawning Light?" — The quarrels of doctors is a stock- 
joke, every joke-smith carrying it in his outfit. Quarrels be- 
tween individuals are merely personal and are not considered in 
the regular stock in trade of the jokes, but when it comes to the 
other "quarrels" the matter is very different and the would-be 
joker shows his ignorance, for in this matter it is a conflict of 
principles and not of personal wrangle, principles that involve 
life or death. Ever and anon some one arises and speaks of 
"brotherly love," of "harmony," of "all working for the common 
end for the good of humanity," of the "most self-sacrificing and 
noblest profession" and the like, and no one can, or will, say a 
word against his sentiments, but in reality they are almost as 
meaningless as the joker's jokes. Imagine an assemblage of 
physicians, doctors, each one representing the best in his par- 
ticular form of belief and each absolutely unselfish anil animated 
solely by the desire of alleviating or curing human ills. Such 
an assemblage could be gathered from almost any community. 

Editorial. 183 

A patient is brought in who is seriously ill and the assemblage 
is asked to cure him. Now, with the utmost honesty of purpose, 
one would prescribe crude and massive doses of drugs, another 
would advocate a careful reading of the symptoms, objective and 
subjective, and the history of the case, and then prescribe a 
potentized drug covering the case in its totality, another would 
give hypodermic injections of a drug or drugs, another would 
give no drugs, but regulate the patient's life and diet, another 
would claim that only a surgical operation could do any good, 
and so on. All honest men and all learned. What would you? 
If there is to be harmony, who will give way, and how shall an 
honest man give up his convictions and remain honest? If each 
adheres to his conviction, the joker sees but a "doctor's quar- 
rel/' the man for harmony sighs, and the wan eyed patient waits. 
There is no "joke" in such a situation, is there? 

The only solution we can see — there may be others — is for the 
patient to decide and for the other doctors to abide by that de- 
cision and not to hamper the chosen physician in his task. There 
may be other roads to "harmony/' but, if so, where are they and 
what are they? 

A Homceopathic Book. — Dr. Valiente, of Cartagena, Colum- 
bia, South America, highly praises Dr. H. C. Allen's Therapeu- 
tics of Fevers, as being a book "based on the true doctrine of 
Hahnemann." His daughter was attacked with "pernicious inter- 
mittent fever," or, rather, an attack of fever developed into that 
usually fatal form. The text-books, homceopathic and allopathic, 
advised quinine only, "prompt and energetic." He was about 
to resort to this last and almost hopeless expedient, when he 
remembered Allen's book. This guided him to Veratrum alb., 
the result was a stay of the disease ; it then guided him to the 
fact that back of all cases of very low or malignant fevers there 
is a constitutional taint, and to the remedy. That was four years 
ago and since then the patient has "enjoyed perfect health." 
Dr. Valiente is right in his praise of this book of genuine ho- 
moeopathic therapeutics of fevers of all kinds. It is a book of 
more than therapeutics. 

A Warning Against Tuberculin Test. — Dr. A. Trosseau 

184 Editorial. 

in Journal de Medicine et de Chirurgie, Jan. 10, writes: "The 
noisy demonstration which has followed the advocacy of the 
ophthalmo-tuberculin reaction'' has made it his duty to warn 
medical practitioners against the danger in that procedure. It 
is not always harmless and may be very dangerous, and many 
cases from various sources are cited in proof of this. Tuberculin 
"tests" seem to be good things to severely let alone, whether in 
man or beast. If a diagnosis cannot be made without the use 
of a virulent nosode, better not make one, but "treat the patient" 

What Not to Do in Acute Alcoholism. — The following 
clipping is from a paper by Dr. Robert S. Carroll, of Asheville, 
N. C, and published in Charlotte Medical Journal: 

"The third day of delirium, with a pulse running from 140 to 
160, he received fifteen grains of Chloral, 190 grains of Bromide 
of Potash, one and one-half grains of Sulphate of Morphine, hy- 
podermically. Within five days, he received a total of 580 
grains of Potash, 60 grains of Chloral, 140 grains of Veronal, 
one and one-half grains Strychnine, one-sixth of a grain of 
Digitalis, three grains of Sulphate of Morphine, besides paralde- 
hyde and adrenalin. This man was treated according to the ad- 
vice of many of our good text-books, he was treated by good 
men ; conscientious and earnest, and had the benefit of counsel." 

Death was the result ; not from the disease, but from the treat- 
ment, which, even a robust man could hardly survive, Dr. Car- 
roll hints. 

Time Works Wonders. — Over three hundred years ago the 
most famous surgeon of his day, Ambrose Pare, wrote : "God 
is my witness, and all good men know that I have now labored 
fifty years with all care and pains in the illustration and ampli- 
fication of my art ; and that I have so certainly touched the mark 
whereat I aimed, that antiquity may seem to have nothing where- 
in it may exceed us beside the glory of invention, nor posterity 
anything left but a certain small hope to add some things, as it 
is easy to add to former inventions." 

Wouldn't it be interesting to read the comment of some old 
Dryasdust in the year 2208 on a volume published in 1908 ! 

Editorial. 185 

Get Out of Ruts. — Dr. Robert Gray, writing from Pichu- 
caleo, Mexico., to the Medical Summary, says: 

"In many big retail stores there are prominent signs, 'If you 
don't see what you want, ask for it.' It seems to me that there 
should be a sign or motto in the cranium of every practitioner, 
'If you have not what you need, seek it out of the common ruts." v 

''Antiseptic.'" — The Eclectic Medical Gleaner, March, says: 
"Baptisia tinctoria has held a prominent place for many years in 
the Eclectic Materia Medica as an antiseptic, but of more recent 
date it has shared honors with Echinacea. Both, however, have 
their particular uses, and the one should not be discarded for the 
other, a practice too common in these days when a new drug al- 
most daily displaces another. Both Baptisia and Echinacea are 
good general antiseptics, yet each has its specific indications 
pointing to different specific action and needs." Is not the term 
''antiseptic'' applied to remedies a misnomer? Or does it here 
betray a lack of comprehension of the law governing the action 
of drugs in the human body? You put an antiseptic in a sick 
room for a specific purpose: do you put Baptisia or Echinacea 
into a patient on the same principle, merely to antidote decaying 
matter? and after all, are they antiseptics? 

A Fatal Horse-Disease. — The following is an extract from 
a letter received from North Carolina : "Within the last three 
years there has been over 1,000 horses die, in this State, from 
eating moulded grain. The allopaths have never saved a horse 
once affected, they give it up as incurable and homoeopaths are 
not allowed to practice here. I had a valuable horse die from 
this disease before I knew the cause. It is called ''stagers" 
here and is quite common. Just before the corn comes in it 
sometimes heats and then moulds, and such corn causes the dis- 
ease. Is there any homoeopathic remedy for this disease?" We 
do not know of any remedy for this disease, or, rather, poisoning, 
for that it is. Do any of the readers of the Recorder? 

Luck. — Luck is one of the most used and apparently best un- 
derstood words in the English language, but when you come to 
define it you are "up against" something. The other day we 

1 86 Editorial. 

read, 'There isn't enough bad luck in the world altogether to 
ruin one real live man." This floated forth the query as to 
what is luck? The dictionary (boiled down) tells you that luck 
is luck, and then hastens to give you examples of how to use the 
word. The average sinner defines it ''When things come your 
way," and that is about as good a definition as one can find, but 
the question still remains unanswered. 

The Potentized Remedy Won Out. — Dr. G. A. Leach, of 
Morris, 111., contributes a very suggestive clinical case to the 
February number of The Cliniquc. Dr. Leach states that "hav- 
ing been first well grounded in old school practice, when I get 
a serious case I am quite apt to lose faith in our potentized rem- 
edies and take the easier way of giving physiological doses." The 
case was one of leukaemia. The patient, a Greek of twenty-one. 
He vomited and passed dark blood, membranes blanched, skin 
yellow, spleen enlarged, headache, and altogether rather lifeless. 
Had a previous attack and had not been able to work for a year. 
The treatment from October 10 to 28 included salt solution and 
adrenalin, which stopped the haemorrhage ; these were followed 
by infusion of Digitalis, Carduus mar., Ceanothus, Thyroid and 
Apocynum, all in physiological doses, but the patient was no 
better. Then arose the question, ''Why not try a homoeopathic 
potency?" The symptoms were carefully gone over and they 
indicated Nat rum inur., which was given in the 30X. Improve- 
ment set in, the patient became cheerful and was ready to go to 
work. Dr. Morris concludes : "The mistakes and failures are 
ours and do not belong to the homoeopathic law." 

And then it is so much easier, and self-satisfying, to be skepti- 
cal ! It is an easy way to appear learned. 

Internal Vaccination. — A correspondent of that very ex- 
cellent homoeopathic journal, The Iozva Homoeopathic Journal, 
writes, March issue: "I am interested in 'Internal Vaccination, 5 
though I am a so-called 'Regular' physician, and I will tell you 
why. My wife, when a girl about fourteen years, was vac- 
cinated with humanised vaccine, with the result that she was 
given a terrible scourge of scrofula, none being of record among 
her ancestors. It has given me much trouble. My second 

Editorial. 187 

daughter, now about eleven years old, inherited scrofula from 
her mother.' 1 The letter then goes on to state that he "vac- 
cinated" this daughter with Variolinum. All went well until he 
moved and was compelled to send the child to another school. 
The doctor here would not accept the Variolinum vaccination 
and insisted that the vaccine virus must be inserted into her 
blood in the usual manner. The father staved off the operation 
as long as possible, giving the child, in the meantime, Variolinum. 
The result was that the vaccination would not take, though fre- 
quently repeated, and the orthodox ''scar" was only obtained by 
the actual "deep cutting" of the vaccinator. 

More Inanity. — The Maryland Legislature has passed a law 
that puts a quietus on Christian Science, at least, officially ; en- 
forcement will — "but that's another story." The Christian 
Scientist is now required to pass examinations in things she does 
not believe exist unless she tells fibs. But. the wise men as- 
sert, she (or he, it's generally she) can believe what she pleases, 
"we do not oppose freedom, we only aim to protect the public 
from incompetent practitioners."' Very true, but as she believes 
it to be her duty to dispel ignorance and erroneous beliefs, and 
as you are a big factor in the errors why — there you are ! Leav- 
ing out all the pros and cons in the matter, we are inclined to 
the belief that, from a purely business point of view, the "laws'' 
directed against Christian Science, and all the other flummeries, 
is most wretched policy. It won't bring a single patient more to 
the doctor's office, but it will earn the hatred of a well meaning 
class and excite the cynical amusement of the others who take the 
trouble to think of the matter at all. When Homoeopathy was 
young the allopaths virtually did all they could to "protect the 
public'' against it ; as a matter of fact, it was a very unwise move 
to protect, as they thought, their pockets, but it had the very op- 
posite effect. Human nature has not changed since those days. 
Hot talkers dearly love to exclaim, "Truth is mighty and will 
prevail!" If truth is mighty, what need is there of wire-pullers 
in the Legislatures to make it prevail ? Wherever truth does pre- 
vail, it is a force so mighty that it needs no little "laws," or the 
police, to uphold and protect it. 

1 88 Editorial. 

A Weak Point in Some Text-Books. — Many authors assume 
that their readers know more than they (the readers) actually 
do, or it may be that the authors are a little hazy themselves. 
The Critic and Guide dwells on this point, as follows : 

"Prescriptions in medical journals and ui text-books are looked 
down upon by a certain class of physicians. Still they are in- 
dispensable to the everyday general practitioner. Suppose the 
young doctor has a case of chronic laryngitis and looks up his 
latest edition of Osier for the treatment. Here is the entire 
treatment as given by Osier : 'Among the remedies most recom- 
mended are the solutions of Nitrate of Silver, Chlorate of Pot- 
ash, Perchloride of Zinc [by the way, there is no such a thing as 
Perchloride of Zinc, there is only a Chloride of Zinc, Zn CI2], 
and Tannic acid. Insufflations of Bismuth are sometimes use- 
ful.' Now, kind sirs, of what benefit is such information to any 
physician, young or old? What practical use can he make of it? 
Shall he use the Nitrate of Silver 1-10 per cent, strong, or 5 per 
cent, or 50 per cent. ? Shall he use the Chloride of Zinc in 1 per 
cent, solution, or shall he burn and destroy the patient's throat 
with a 50 per cent, solution? Such indefinite, practically useless, 
information characterizes many of our text-books, and as long 
as this is the case, there will be a very definite demand for clear, 
explicit statements and clear-cut prescriptions." 

Dr. Bartlett has avoided this mistake in his last book. Treat- 

The Summer School of Homoeopathy. — Dr. E. B. Nash 
has favored the Recorder with the announcement of the session 
of his summer school for 1908, see page xv. Port Dickinson, 
N. Y., is a suburb of the thriving city of Binghamton. While 
in mind, just drop a card to Dr. Nash for particulars, as this 
summer school is growing, and it is worth while knowing about 
it, even if unable to attend. Accompanying the announcement 
is the card of the Corwin Sanitarium, devoted especially to 
Chronic Cases. There is no one thing in modern medicine that 
equals in importance what is known as Homoeopathy, and it is. 
therefore, rather desirable to get a rather firm intellectual grip 
on it. 

A Correction. — In the reply to Dr. Abbott published last 

Editorial 189 

month., the words were used, 'These letters (H-M-C) being, we 
believe, the trade-mark of Dr. Abbott's company." This is an 
error, writes a correspondent, as the letters are not the general 
trade-mark, but stand for a compound tablet, consisting of 
"hyoscine bromide 1 / 100 gr., Morphine hydrobromide ji gr., and 
cactine," for hypodermic use. This may be a very excellent tab- 
let, for all we know to the contrary, but our general contention 
is that essentially the Abbott Co. differs only from Professor 
Munyon in the fact that it advertises for physicians' trade, while 
the "Professor" seeks the public's trade. Cannot Dr. X., Y., or 
Z., compound drugs, if they must be compounded, quite as in- 
telligently as an advertising compounder? 

Colorado Examining Board. — The Colorado Examining 
Board is giving, or offering, the other States what our respected 
President, Roosevelt, terms "a square deal." The examinations 
of fourteen States are now good in Colorado and, reciprocally, 
that of Colorado is good in those States. This is as it should be. 
Restricting physicians to the limit of one State is un-American, 
and utterly foreign to the spirit of the country. The spirit of the 
country originally was that the State guarantees every man per- 
sonal, civil and religious liberty, and tacitly assumes that he, the 
man. is capable of minding his own business; but now it seems 
to be assumed that the man is a weakling, and the State must 
think for him and regulate his life and "protect" him as though 
he were a mewling infant. 

The First Conviction. — Mr. Robert N. Harper, of Washing- 
ton, D. C, bank president. Chamber of Commerce president, and 
proprietor of "Curforhedake" and "Brane-Fude," is the first one 
to be convicted for violating the new Pure Food Law. His "fude" 
is ' "misleading" for "food" and anything misleading doesn't go 
under the new law. Whether guilty or not he deserves to be 
fined for making such fool abortions as "Curforhedake" and 
"Brane-Fude." "Uneda Biscuit" was clever and took, but since 
then the world has been sickened by its kind. 


Iowa has been convicted for practicing medicine without a 

190 Editorial. 

license. She did not claim to prescribe medicine, but dealt out, on 
plates, "tissue" food "prepared by a distinguished German 
scientist, Professor Schuessler, who was alleged to have dis- 
covered that the human system is made up of fourteen different 
elements of properties, and that with a sufficient tissue or rem- 
edy for the building up of these elements of component parts, all 
diseases would become curable. Twelve of these ultimate ele- 
ments and their proper food had been discovered by Professor 
Schuessler, and when the other two had been found 'you simply 
need never die.' ' The case was carried to the Supreme Court 
and "conviction confirmed.'' 

All very proper, but it is a wide, open question whether these 
prosecutions do not do the medical profession far more harm 
than good ; the average man will not care a button, unless it 
might be fleeting feeling for the woman, while those who im- 
agined they were benefitted by the "foods" will get an additional 
grouch against "the doctors." 

Bok After the Doctors. — Mr. Edward Bok, needless to say, 
of the Ladies' Home Journal, has got into the J. A. M. A., and 
this is the way he wields his good broad-sword : 

"I ask every intelligent physician this question : Suppose the 
present tendency to investigation should turn itself on the medi- 
cal profession and its methods ? What kind of a revelation would 
come to the public? What would the public think of the scores 
and hundreds of instances of densely ignorant, unintelligent and 
criminally careless prescription writing of which the physicians 
of to-day have been guilty?" 

Now, what is this Samson doing among the J. A. M. A. 
philistines? So far as can be seen he is lambasting the 
scientific doctors who prescribe proprietory and, therefore, really 
secret, medicines that are persona non grata to the J. A. M. A. 
and that are not to be found in its advertising pages. Probably 
they couldn't get there if they tried, but' the fact that they are 
not there remains. Suppose, Mr. Bok, that the "fierce electric 
search light" should be turned on the other crowd ? Ugh ! Sup- 
pose the "fierce light" were to glare at Homoeopathy? But then 
it never does, for it seems to know that it is not needed in the 
sun-light ; its mission is to glare in dark places. 

News Items. 191 

Bleeding Oxce More. — Dr. H. I. Parker writes of a case 
of pernicious influenza to which he was called. His treatment 
consisted in drawing off thirty-two ounces of blood by venesec- 
tion. Patient recovered and Dr. Parker writes : '"Do not let the 
horse get away, but catch him on the first dash and use that 
greatest of horse tamers, the lancet, which has defied death itself 
for three thousand years, and under the intelligent use of which 
inflammation and conditions of autointoxication vanish like mist 
before the morning sun." Reads queer, does it not? Oh, that 
oil pendulum! Does not the mere fact that the pendulum is 
used as a figure, tell that the practice it typifies is at no point 

An Anti-Fat Fallen from Grace. — Some years ago quite 
a stir was made over the simple treatment for fat, consisting of 
drinking Vichy and Kessingen water. It was tried quite exten- 
sively. A correspondent of the Medical World writes that in his 
neighborhood ''One gentleman lost reason and life," and a lady 
lost "health, hair and complexion" from its use. If nature makes 
one fat, better puff and bear it. 


The Charlotte Medical Journal and the Carolina Medi- 
cal Journal have been consolidated and will "retain the same 
architectural features," etc., as the first named enjoyed. 

Dr. X. M. Collins, of Rochester, Xew York, one of the lead- 
ing surgeons of that city, sailed for Europe this month. 

Dr. D. H. Chandler, of Cornwall, Xew York, died in March, of 

It is said that Humphrey (specifics), Eddy (Christian Science), 
and Abbott (alkaloid), were all originally homoeopathic physi- 
cian-. Aconite tablets in gaudy trappings and with a foreign 
title, would sweep the country. X"early all successful '"nostrums" 
are but simple remedies masquerading under assumed titles. 

Prescriptions for 35.011 quarts of whisky were filled in the 
year 1907, in one town in the "dry" zone of the South, according 
to the veracious J. A. M. A. 

Small-pox prevails in nearly every State at present. 


"Sure there isn't a Mike Robe in th' ward," said O'Flynn. 

Many a man who resigns is not resigned, but full of fight. 

The man who covertly sneers at his flag is worse than he who openly 
turns against it. 

Detective Byrnes says that a born criminal cannot be reformed. Well? 

Xo fellow, not even a deacon, strenuously objects to being called "a 
devil of a fellow." 

Germany is getting after doctors who write "strictly scientific papers" 
about a proprietory drug for pay. 

It cost Thaw's family $17,694 for medical experts to prove that he 
was insane. How much will it cost to prove that he has recovered? 

Often a mathematician doesn't count in his own home. 

An impecunious man in the divorce court pleaded he was well off be- 
fore marriage. 

It is now proposed to have an examining board to examine the ex- 
aminers. The professors who pass the students would make a good one. 

The riddle of the Sphinx — there's nothing to say. 

"A funny affinity must be a mermaid," remarked the Wise Young 

"How did you come to fall in the water?" "I didn't come to fall in, I 
came to fish," replied the dripping man. 

"Xo blowing of horns." whispered the usher to the man who produced 
his ear-trumpet in church. "Hey!" and then 

Some finicky persons shudder at "I have to meet a party" when "I have 
to meet the bunch" wouldn't faze them. 

The frontier lecturer dwelt on the beauty of cheerfulness and, finally 
shouted at his audience "D n you, smile !" 

A fool, the dictionary man tells us, is "one destitute of reason," i. c, 
the fellow our reasons won't change. 

Wit is the salt of humor. 

"Stick to it" is good advice to a man, learning to ride a horse. 

The "practitioner" is passing and the "practician" taking his place. 

Now the mosquito is held responsible for leprosy. Lucky he doesn't 
buzz in grippe times. 

Pittsburg doesn't have to have "smokers." 

A friend suggests that when brain storms fail, we can advance to brain 

The big-guns might even have brain cyclones. 

Countless is the wealth of many a count. 

"Don't bother to forgive your enemies — just forget them." — Charcot. 

The seasick man wants the earth. 

When an advertiser "guarantees," who guarantees him? 

In bygone days they wrote, "Let us then be up and doing;" now it is, 
"Get busy !" 


Homeopathic Recorder. 

Vol. XXIII. Lancaster, Pa., May, 1908 Nc 5 


The Philadelphia newspapers of April 16th, modestly head- 
lined the fact that the Philadelphia County Medical Society — 
allopathic, for want of a descriptive name — had admitted to mem- 
bership four graduates of the Hahnemann Medical College of the 
same city. The reporter makes the following comment on the 

"This was the first time in the society's history that disciples of 
Samuel Hahnemann have been granted that privilege, and the 
move is regarded by physicians in general as revolutionary in the 
professional relations between the two schools of medicine." 
What form this revolution is to take the reporter does not state. 
Dr. Henry Beates, Jr., however, president of the State Board of 
Medical Examiners (allopathic, for want of a more descriptive 
term) and general spokesman of late for the medical orthodox, 
comments on the ''revolutionary" event as follows : 

'"This is not letting down the bars. Xo homoeopaths will be ad- 
mitted as such. We all know, however, that a physician is a 
scientific man, who treats suffering humanity in any manner and 
by the use of any means that genuine scientific study has proved 
to be of value for relief or cure. A doctor, therefore, cannot 
possibly be limited to any single theory, cannot be a sectarian. 

"We propose, then, to take the stand that all practitioners of 
the healing profession, from whatever school, may be admitted 
to membership, so long as they can honestly declare that they are 
governed by no dogma. This and the proof that they are thor- 
oughly educated in science of medicine as taught at approved 
colleges are the sole requirements of a technical sort." 

194 A Comment on Our Materia Medica. 

At the first reading this appears to be just what all men of 
sense are looking for, but the oftener it is read the clearer the 
avoidance of its own sentiments is apparent. Dr. Beates and his 
side loudly exclaim against "dogma," but they really mean "all 
dogma that is not our own." 

Medicine is a peculiar science, or art, or whatever it may be 
termed, in that it cannot, apparently, be formulated into a science. 
Samuel Hahnemann tried to so formulate it, and men who be- 
lieve in Homoeopathy think he succeeded. Science at its root 
means "knowing," with the attendant capacity of demonstrating 
that which you know. In all sciences men formulate demon- 
strable truths which if doubted can be proved, their formulated 
science is not dubbed by that old scare-crow word (really used 
only by the narrow minded) "dogma ;" but when it comes to medi- 
cine the rules that apply to science are useless, for if a man of 
medicine formulates a belief, as did Hahnemann, it is not an 
apothegm of science but a "dogma." Homoeopathy is merely 
"dogmatic assertion," they say. If Homoeopathy is not the science 
in medicine of drug therapeutics, then there never can be a science 
in medicine. Are not the results of every science its true and only 
test? Wherever and whenever true Homoeopathy is put to the 
test of curing the sick — and is not that the supreme test of medi- 
cine? — it gives results so far superior to all other medical methods 
as to raise the question as to whether the other methods are not 

Yet the men who employ methods that in results are not com- 
parable to those of Homoeopathy, and who with no sense of 
humor, dub their methods "scientific" are willing to receive the 
homoeopaths into fellowship if the latter will abjure their 
"dogma," which is to say, give up their formulated science. Is 
not this very requirement evidence of a pragmatical, dogmatic 
narrow-mindedness quite foreign to science? And what is to be 
gained by association with those who thus restrict mental free- 
dom? Nothing. 

By Dr. Lewis E. Rauterberg. 

There is no curable disorder in the human body nor any cur- 
able invisible morbid change that does not make itself known as 

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disease by signs and symptoms, and hence by removing the entire 
complex of perceptible signs and disturbances, the disease itself is 
canceled. Therefore, to observe the totality of symptoms in each 
individual case, can be the only guide in the selection of a rer edy. 

This is the teaching of Hahnemann. 

This being: the rock bottom of our doctrine, and the very back 
bone of successful treatment, it does not require very much argu- 
ment to deduce the immense importance of the books that teach 
us the symptoms — the deviation from the normal — produced by 
toxic doses of medicine upon the human economy. To make our- 
selves familiar with the vast compilations of symptoms in our 
materia medica is the most important thing in the life of a ho- 
moeopathic physician. I used often to hear my reverened father 
say that the whole secret of success in Homoeopathy lay in just 
one word, "study:' There is no way out of it unless we would 
be frauds or failures ; short cuts and pocket repertories won't do. 
There must be toil and sweat and labor and dogged perseverance ; 
we must know it so well that it is instinctive; we must be so 
soaked with materia medica that we can never think without it. 
Subconsciously we must always be carrying on a quiz class with 
ourselves. While talking, walking, while in street cars, in society, 
in business relations, that subconscious mind must be searching 
every human face and form for tell tale clues and symptoms, and 
fastening the remedy upon them. Study — that is our watchword. 
Study, read, no matter how often or how long, you will always 
find great treasures hidden, that will prove invaluable yet ; it will 
"come in handy" and save life and suffering — sometimes when 
you least expect it. I know it has often been the complaint that 
these books are too voluminous, that they should be simplified 
and abbreviated. I used myself to assert with an arrogance for 
which I now blush, that our materia medica was much too large, 
uselessly voluminous ; but with riper years I have reached the con- 
clusion, not that the materia medica is too big. but that our brains 
are too small, and our duty lies not in shortening the book, but in 
enlarging the brain. With the conceit of mediocrity I used to 
fume over the mass of unimportant symptoms (as I called them) 
and superfluous matter with which our pages are cluttered. I 
asserted that they should be weeded out, leaving only the vital 
points. Fool that I was. Which of us with our puny brains can 
presume to point out the unimportant symptoms ! 

196 A Comment on Our Materia Medica. 

I was recently shocked to hear a brother physician announce 
that he had stopped studying when he arrived at the age of fifty, 
and he thought everyone should. Why, I most modestly assert, 
that I have studied more diligently and learned more to appre- 
ciate the truth and depth and infinite value of our materia medica 
since I passed that age than I had in all my preceding years. It 
seems to me that I find new gems every day. Things that I had 
thought entirely superfluous and trifling suddenly assume a lustre 
and value never dreamed of, and save life and suffering. It fully 
repays one. The haze clears away, a grasp upon the individuality 
of the remedies is obtained, the provings are no longer a dis- 
jointed string of independent symptoms, but a logical sequence, 
with a connecting thread through the whole. I remember when 
my sole use for Antimonium crudum was for an overloaded 
stomach with nausea and white tongue. Occasionally I gave it 
for rheumatism when the symptoms seemed to tally, but fre- 
quently without success. We all have our pet remedies. Anti- 
monium crudum was no pet of mine. I saw no connection be- 
tween the symptoms. I did not see why sometimes it cured the 
rheumatic and sometimes it didn't. My head was gray before I 
perceived the wonderful thread upon which each of her symp- 
toms is so plainly strung. That thread is intestinal auto-intoxica- 
tion, and the haemorrhoids and the rheumatism, the gout and the 
callous skin and the snarling temper are all dependent upon and 
secondary to a sluggish, overworked intestinal tract, and they can 
only be cured by working back to this starting point. And the 
only form of gout or rheumatism which it zvill cure is that which 
results from this auto-intoxication. 

With shame I recall the time when Aurum metallicum was to 
me a great remedy for melancholia and suicidal mania, useful also 
in some forms of syphilis and mercurialization. "And it was 
nothing more." But a daily pegging away at the old materia 
medica taught me what a fool / was and how stupendous was the 
brain of Samuel Hahnemann. I gradually began to see zvhy he 
mentions Gold as a remedy for barren women with indurated and 
prolapsed wombs ; why it cures pining, undeveloped boys ; why 
bone exostoses, rheumatic metastasis to the heart, sclerosis and 
dropsy. It is because Gold ends the blood thundering through the 
body, forcing it through withered and forgotten capillaries, gath- 

A Comment on Our Materia Medica. 197 

ering up waste and distributing life to the dying tissue. It elimi- 
nates, it absorbs, and it feeds, that is, it forces the blood to do it. 
And so on with numerous remedies, I could tell you how they un- 
folded themselves to me. 

While speaking of Aurnm, I will relate several cases which will 
illustrate the value of its so-called unimportant symptoms. A 
boy of thirteen, becoming overheated while roller skating, sat 
down on the curbstone to cool off. A severe cold resulted with 
general aching ; next, rheumatism of knees and ankles developed, 
worse on motion. Next day it had left the legs and attacked the 
shoulders and arms. From that point it flew back to the feet, 
which began to swell. He had received Bryonia, Lachnantes, 
Ledum, etc., according to the symptoms, but at this point I was 
myself confined to my home for some days and had to rely upon 
the reports of his parents, which were vague and indefinite. They 
now reported that while the feet continued to swell, the rheuma- 
tism was gone, but that now he had pain in his chest, it hurt him 
to breathe, it was impossible for him to take a long breath. I gave 
Bryonia, then Cimicifnga, upon their representation without good 
results ; the boy grew worse. On the sixth day the mother re- 
ported that the boy was so weak that he could scarcely speak. I 
cross-questioned her very closely, among other things asked, 
"Lying upon which side was the pain worse?" 

"Oh," exclaimed the poor, stupid woman, "I forgot 'to tell you, 
he can't lie down at all, he hasn't lain down for five nights. We 
have him in a Morris chair, he sits bent forward all night with 
his head resting in a chin strap made of tow T els." A light broke 
upon me. Then I knew it was no pleurisy I had to deal with, but 
rheumatism of the heart. I hastened to his home. As I entered 
the room I was shocked at the pitiful change in the child since I 
had seen him six days before. The labored gasps for breath could 
be heard outside the door, the little figure sat bent forward in the 
Morris chair, face blue, sunken, cyanotic, feet and ankles swollen 
as big as watermelons ; but the thing that struck me most as I en- 
tered was the terrific, visible throbbing of the carotids, which 
could be seen across the room. It was with great difficulty that I 
could examine his heart ; he could not endure the least touch, and 
at each attempt gasped, "Oh, doctor, give me time ; give me a little 
more time." I finally made out a muffled, tumultuous heart sound, 

198 A Comment on Our Materia Medica. 

as if beating under water. The fever was 103, yet there was a 
good deal of perspiration, urine very scant, no thirst, no appetite. 
He had only slept short naps for many nights. He could scarcely 
speak audibly. I feared the boy was dying. There was a time 
when I would have treated the heart symptoms with Aconite or 
Kalmia and the dropsy with Apocynum and what not. and so 
zigzagged a slow cure or a speedy death. But fortunately I knew 
better now. I knew that everv one of these symptoms are sum- 
med up under one remedy, and that is Aurum, and it is the only 
remedy which covers every point exactly. I gave Aurnm iox. 
Dose to be given every three hours. I never saw a more brilliant 
cure. The first dose was at 7 p. m. I requested that they 'phone 
me at 11 p. M. that night. At eleven the message came, "Louis is 
in a drenching perspiration, he has urinated immense quantities, 
and his breathing is less labored." At eight o'clock next morn- 
ing they 'phoned that he had slept peacefully most of the night, 
though still in his upright position with chin straps. That night 
he could recline in the chair, and the next he could lie down in 
bed. The urine continued in unbelievable quantities, the per- 
spiration rained from him, and the swelling promptly disappear- 
ed. You see what a profound eliminant gold is when homceo- 
pathically indicated. The lad made a rapid and complete re- 
covery with no other medication. He received it first in the iox. 
then I rose to the 30th, and then to the 200th. on which I kept him 
until the poor damaged little heart was quite normal again. 

You will recall that every one of the above symptoms are re- 
corded by Hering and Hahnemann in these words : 

"Rheumatism which jumps from joint to joint and finally fast- 
ens upon the heart. 

"Impossible to lie down. Must sit up bent forward. 

"Visible throbbing of the carotids. 

"Face cyanotic. Gasps for breath. Can hardly speak above a 

"Much perspiration, as in auric fever. 

"Swelling of feet and limbs." 

Does not that picture the little boy I have just described" An- 
other case yet which proved to me how important are all the 
unimportant symptoms of this and all remedies. A lady brought 
her little son aged ten to me. The child was not sick, but some- 

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thing was wrong-. He cried if spoken to, he moped, he was cross, 
tired. He didn't care to romp or play or even fight. He could 
not learn his lessons. He could not remember anything. He was 
a sulky, listless, bloodless looking little chap. He had been dosed 
bv other physicians for malaria and anaemia. At first I sus- 
pected some vice, but, upon closer examination, decided that the 
reason of his lack of manly spirit and energy was because his 
manly body was not developed properly. One powder of Aurum 
worked a miracle. It made a new boy of him. That was a year 
ago. and his mother says he has been a different boy ever since. 
It humbled me to remember that I used to regard the paragraph 
on "pining boys'' under Aurum as superfluous and useless, and I 
would gladly have stricken it from the pages. It took many years 
for me to grasp the scope of Aurum in not only rejuvenating dead 
and worn out tissue, but also in building up the starved and 1111 le- 

I have heard men assert that they only aspired to master the 
broad lines of a remedy and let the details go. I earnestly assure 
you that, important as the broad lines are. this is not enough. A 
wide, thorough understanding of the disposition and meaning of 
a remedy is not enough. We must possess an infinite knowledge 
of detail and the finest shades of difference between remedies. It 
is a Herculean labor and a never ending one. Constantine Hering 
once said to me: "It is impossible for any brain to remember it all. 
but it is astonishing how elastic our brains can become by per- 
sistent effort." 

I was not long ago impressed by the value of a knowledge of 
detail. A certain lawyer of this city was taken ill while at At- 
lantic City with a violent cold followed by abscesses in both ears. 
He suffered agonies and slept only under morphia. A violent 
chill and high fever indicated the formation of pus. As the at- 
tending physicians could afford him no relief, he insisted upon 
returning to Washington. The physicians protested, but being 
headstrong and impatient he could not be controlled, and with 
fever of 103 he arrived, and I was sent for. I found him suffer- 
ing terribly. The drum of one ear had ruptured, and it was dis- 
charging freely. The condition of the other ear was grave. 
Friends were clamoring for mastoid incision, and the patient was 
besides himself with agony. T recognized that the Eustachian tube 

200 A Comment on Our Materia Mcdica. 

was closed, so that it could not discharge through that avenue. 
According to the allopathic practice, I suppose, I should have 
punctured the drum and drawn of! the pus, lest it should back 
water into the mastoid process, causing graver complications. 
But I know old Hahneniannn could do better than that. As there 
was oily perspiration in spite of the fever and worse towards night, 
it was clearly a Mere. case. I gave Mere, vivus, confident of 
success. After ten hours the patient was not one whit better. It 
was surely a Mere, case I knew. And yet, which preparation or 
combination of Merc.? Ah, there is the rub ! Of our eight prep- 
arations of Mere., all so closely related and similar in general 
outline, which was the key that would fit this lock exactly? Here 
a knowledge of detail was imperative. In a flash I remembered 
that Farrington mentions in an unobtrusive little footnote that 
where there is closure of the tube, Merc, dulcis. is preferrable. 
Rejoicing that this detail, this mere crumb of materia medica had 
been stored up, I gave Merc, dulcis 3X. Imagine my delight 
when at nine o'clock next morning, his wife burst into the office 
exclaiming that the medicine had worked a miracle with the first 
dose. He had slept all night and had no pain. Merc, dulcis was 
the key that fitted the lock, you see. It opened the Eustachian 
tube, the abscess discharged through that avenue and all went 
well. Mere, dulcis was continued for two days. After that the 
hissing in the perforated ear and the continued discharge seemed 
to call for Silicea, but as Sil. must never follow directly upon 
Merc., I interposed Bella, for one day for an erratic neuralgia and 
then Silica completed a prompt and perfect cure. 

There is yet another phase of study necessary for the homoce- 
path, a study not often found in books. It is not only necessary 
to have a broad, comprehensive insight into the general nature 
of a remedy, and a complete mastery of detail, but to be able to 
recognize the symptoms in the patient. As we are all painfully 
aware, patients do not always relate their symptoms in the words 
of the book, and it is surely a study and an art to be able to 
recognize and translate them into the language of the materia 
medica. Here is a clinical example of this point. A young man 
of thirty was brought to me afflicted with epilepsy of eight years' 
standing. The attacks were frequent and of frightful severity. 
He looked almost imbecile. He was florid and scrofulous. He 

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knew of nothing that aggravated or ameliorated the attacks. He 
could name no time or circumstance that influenced the fit. They 
seized him at random. The only thing that he could tell was that 
he heard voices calling him, calling, calling. He felt that he 
must get to them, he must break away, he must struggle to reach 
those calling voices ; and then and there he fell in the fit, scream- 
ing, struggling and biting. As you know, the books say that the 
Stramonium epilepetic hears voices calling him. So Stramonium 
was given. Well, it had no effect whatever. Then I sat down to 
think and to translate his symptoms. I reasoned thus : The promi- 
nent symptom of Bella, is a desire to escape, to get out or away 
from where they are, to get from under an oppressing load, to 
escape from something that holds to something else. Again, 
under Bella, we read yet, "illusions of sight and hearing." Might 
not this epileptic's illusion of hearing and struggle to escape to 
the voice be translated into Bella. Remembering that florid face 
settled it. I gave him several powders of Bella. 30, and he has 
never had another fit since, and that was two years ago. 

In conclusion, I want to call attention to the importance of a 
careful selection of the books we study, remembering that while 
many lightweights rush into print, it takes an intellectual giant 
to be a reliable authority upon this immense subject. If we will 
cling fast to Hahnemann and Hering. Von Bcenninghausen and 
Jahr, both the Aliens, the brilliant Burnett and good old man 
Nash, we will have selected books worthy of our reliance. If 
we live with them intimately we can not help but catch some of 
their glory. Let us stick to the highest type of old true Homoeop- 
athy. Remember that the really great men of Homoeopathy have 
invariably been the strictest Hahnemannian homoeopaths. I 
would not for a moment have you think, however, that because I 
advocate the old Hahnemannian Homoeopathy, that I mean noth- 
ing modern is worth while. That would be unworthy of any in- 
telligent physician. Do not mistake me, I am warning against dis- 
carding old splendors for new trash. While I consider Hahne- 
mann and Hering as the very backbone of our literature, we find 
in lesser degree modern masters, too. These have perfected a 
large array of nosodes and added them to our splendid equip- 
ment. Bacillinum, Medorrhinum, Syphilinum, Variolinum and all 
the other inums, with the exception of Psorinum, represent their 

202 Medical High Finance. 

work. I cannot imagine what I would do without Bacillinum now- 
adays, in tuberculosis, or without Pyrogenium in septic fevers. 
And in passing, permit me to remark that of this last I have seen 
the most brilliant results where physicians and surgeons pro- 
nounced cases doomed. I fear this wonderful remedy introduced 
by Burnett has been sadly neglected, judging by the number of 
septic cases where I have found the patient being dosed to death 
with Fowler's solution, quinine and the like, where Pyrogenium 
cured. Stop and think what it is. Rotten meat. Could anything 
be more homoeopathic to aseptic or puerperal fever, or any con- 
dition where decayed animal matter has been absorbed? We 
owe debts of gratitude to Burnett for his introduction of it, and 
H. C. Allen for his admirable proving. 

Thus from time to time there arise such great men who can add 
another bit to the great work of Hahnemann, but not one who has 
yet been able to detract from it. 

For myself, through a long life, while I have gathered useful 
hints from many writers, I invariably find I am at my best when 
I am following most closely in the steps of the master, Hahne- 

The Farragut, Washington, D. C. 


The Journal of the American Medical Association and the 
American Journal of Clinical Medicine (Abbott Co.) have been 
waging a feud for some time past. In its issue of March 14th the 
former turns loose on the Abbott Alkaloidal Company under the 
rather grave heading, "Modern High Finance and Methods of 
Working the Medical Profession." 

The charges may be summarized as follows, from the columns 
of the Journal: 

That many of the alkaloids and active principles of drugs ex- 
ploited by the company are nothing but "typical nostrums." 

That the journal is published for "the exploitation of the vari- 
ous products of the company." 

That during the year 1907 Dr. Abbott wrote forty-eight papers 
that were published in various medical journals, which papers 
were chiefly devoted to the products he has for sale. 

Medical High Finance. 203 

That there are a corps of doctors who write for the company, 
and who are "afflicted with the testimonial habit :" one of them in 
a vear contributed thirteen "original" papers devoted to thirteen 
different proprietory preparations, but now writes solely of the 
Abbott proprietories. In short, these men have flooded the medi- 
cal journals with pseudo-scientific "original" articles which were 
"clearly advertising matter." 

That the company issues "bonds" to physicians (it is estimated 
that $125,000 have been sold to the doctors), which makes them 
really profit sharers, yet these bonds are "simply unsecured notes, 
nothing more." 

That the real estate of the company is mortgaged to Dr. Abbott 
for $30,000. 

That the Ravenswood Bank is now in the hands of a receiver; 
its president is secretary of the Alkaloid Co. ; its vice-president is 
Dr. \Y. C. Abbott, and Dr. W. F. YVaugh is a director. The 
bank owes its depositors "over $400,000." The Abbott Com- 
pany (Chicago Tribune) owed the bank $100,000 on personal 
notes of $100 or thereabouts held by 1,000 physicians throughout 
the country." These notes are the "guaranteed participating co- 
operative bonds." 

That the Abbott Company is now offering preferred stock 
"guaranteed" to pay the doctor 7 per cent. 

Incidentally, it is noted that Dr. Abbott is, or was, actively in- 
terested in selling the stock of a silver mine to physicians. 

The foregoing is a bald outline of over ten columns, in fine 
type, devoted to the matter by the /. A. M. A. 

It is said that France is one of the richest, or the richest, nation 
in the world. The Frenchman puts his surplus money into securi- 
ties that are safe. If the doctors of the United States were in the 
future to follow the example and put their surplus into safe 
stocks, bonds or mortgages, and cease chasing the get-big-returns 
bubble, it would be but a few years until collectively they would 
be a wealthy body of men. Do not kok for big returns. A 
thousand dollars safely put will return from forty to fifty dollars 
a year, and can lie turned into cash at will. Tt is not much, but 
each year it will be easier to increase the safe investment until the 
aggregate will constitute sufficient to retire on. But so long as 
the doctor rises to the bait of silver, gold, copper or other mines. 

204 Boldo and Boldine. 

or oil stock or other schemes that the promotors assure him will 
"conservatively" earn 10 per cent, and "probably will pay" 30, 40 
or 100 per cent., so long will the doctor and his surplus be easily 

The very worst investment a doctor can make is in the stock or 
securities of a pharmaceutical concern; and this is true even 
though the concern should prove to be successful, which it nearly 
always doesn't. Let it be whispered in a community where a 
detrimental word spreads like a drop of indigo in water: "Yes, 
Doctor X is financially interested in the company whose medi- 
cines he gives his patient," and a subtle blight has touched that 
doctor. It is an unjust and unmerited insinuation; the fact of the 
securities owned may not swerve the doctor a hair's breadth from 
his duty to his patients, but until human nature changes it will 
insiduously work detrimentally to a physician. 

This is not written with a view to what is past — that speaks 
for itself — but with reference to the future. Turn your backs on 
the promising baits, and put your money w r here it is safe, where it 
will pay you an assured income, and in securities that can be 
turned into cash whenever wanted. The writer is not theoriz- 
ing, but can look back on money that had it been invested as out- 
lined would have been a comfortable competence, but to-day is 
worth — nothing, literally not one red cent. Where did it go? 
Oh, in iridescent mines, oleaginous "wells," glittering "com- 
panies," in business enterprises managed by others, in all sorts of 
ways. The one certain thing is that the money "went." 

All this is somewhat out of the Recorder's path, but it is an 
honest effort to warn physicians against the anglers that are ever 
fishing for their surplus, and if it prevents any reader from mak- 
ing a — from making a bad investment it will not have been 
written in vain. 


By Dr. Eduardo Fornias. 

Pharmacologv. — The Chilian shrub Boldo is the Pen inns 
Boldus of Molina (1782); Penmns fragrans, Pers ; Boldca 
fra grans, C. Gay, also Juss. ; Ruizia fragrans, Ruiz and Pa von. — 
(see Bentley and Trimen, Medicinal Plants, 217.) — Synon.: 

Boldo and Boldine. 205 

Laurel de Chili; Laurelia aromatica. Sp. — Nat. ord. Monimiaceoe. 
— Note: There seems to exist some dissent about the botanical 
classification of Boldo, for while the majority consider the plant 
the Peumus Boldns of Molina, a few regard it a tetranthera (four 
anthers), Jacq. ; of the Xat. ord. Lauracccc. 

The Boldo leaves, which are the parts chiefly used in medicine, 
are opposite, on short pistils, coreaceous, about 2 inches (5 cm.) 
long, broadly oval or oval-oblong, very obtuse at the apex, entire or 
somewhat undulate on the margin, with numerous glands upon 
their surfaces, rough on both sides, glossy above, and pale and 
hairy beneath. When dry they are reddish-brown, fragrant, and 
of a refreshing aromatic pungent taste. The bark is usually em- 
ployed in tanning and to perfume wine casks ; the zvood is es- 
teemed for charcoal making, and the seeds are said to be eaten by 
the Chilians. 

It is in the intercellular spaces of the leaves that a large amount 
of an aromatic volatile oil has been found, and it was Claude 
Yerne (1875) who first obtained from them about 2 per cent, of 
this oil. Boldo leaves also contain about 10 per cent, of an alka- 
loid called Boldixe. discovered by Bourgoin and Yerne (1873), 
and which on account of its toxic effects should be employed with 
caution. It imparts to water a bitter taste, and is soluble in alco- 
hol, ether, chloroform, etc. It is an hypnotic and local ancesthetic, 
whose dose is 2-4 grs. (0.133-0.266). [More recently Chapoteaut 
found the glucosid Boldoglucix* (C 30 H 52 O s ), which is also 
hypnotic and narcotic, and it has been given in capsules in doses 
of 20-60 gr. 

Yerne was the first to propose a tixxture of Boldo. made with 
20 parts of the leaves and 100 parts of 60 per cent, alcohol. There 
is also a wine made with 3 parts of the leaves and 100 of Madeira, 
as well as an aqueous and an alcoholic extract of Boldo, the latter 
prepared by evaporating the tincture. The mother tincture, pre- 
pared according to our methods, can be obtained at Boericke & 
Tafel's pharmacies. 

Physiological Action. 

1) Boldo seems to owe its properties to its alkaloid Boldine, 
and like ginger, cardamons and mint is an aromatic stimulant. 
Like all plants which contain an essential oil. Boldo in moderate 

206 Boldo and Boldine. 

doses is an active stimulant of the nervous and circulatory sys- 
tems. (Stille.) 
2) Boldo, and chiefly Boldoglucin, in moderate doses excite 
the biliary function and provoke sleep. At a very high dose 
Boldo becomes toxic, producing burning in the stomach, vomit- 
ing, purging, etc. (Martin.) 

3) Fifteen grains of the extract of Boldo dissolved in 14 cm. 
of alcohol, were injected into a dog, and the dose renewed at the 
end of an hour, when the animal could not stand on his legs and 
was sleepy, and his temperature had fallen a degree or two. 
(Early theoretical critics claimed that these effects were, in a 
great measure, due to the alcohol, but this opinion is not supported 
by later researches. We know to-day that the alkaloid Boldine 
is an hypnotic and local anccsthctic, similar to Cocain, and that 
even the glucoid Boldoglucin has hypnotic and narcotic proper- 

4) Among the symptoms following the administration of the 
volatile oil to a large dog, none referable to the nervous system 
were observed, but the urine acquired a strong smell, the stomach 
was disturbed by vomiting, and the bowels affected wih diar- 
rhoea. (Stille and Maisch.) 

5) In man even the tincture is represented by some, as not to 
have produced cerebral or spinal phenomena (a perverted state- 
ment), but only a glow in the mouth, fauces and stomach, and 
some quickening of the pulse. It is also claimed that in the dose 
of 30 or 40 eg. of the oil, in capsules, only some burning at the 
epigastrium, nausea and eructations were produced, which, as well 
as the smell of the urine, lasted for not less than twelve hours. In 
still larger doses only a higher degree occurred of the same phe- 
nomena, with the addition of diarrhoea. 

6) Experiments upon himself by Verne (1882) showed that 
Boldo affects neither the circulation, the temperature, nor the 
secretion of the urine, but that it augments the discharge of urea. 
(Bull, de thcr., CII, 286.) There we have a clear evidence of the 
influence of Boldo on hepatic metabolism. 

7) More recent investigations place Boldo not only among the 
totiics, but among the antirheumatics and antifcbriles. 

8) According to Pascaletti (Therapia Moderna, 1891) Bold- 
ine when injected hypodermically paralyzes both the motor and 

Boldo and Boldinc. 207 

sensory nerves, and .also attacks the muscle fibre. As a local 
anaesthetic he believes it superior to Caffeine, but inferior to 
Cocaine. When given internally in toxic doses it produces great 
excitement, zmth exaggeration of the reflexes and of the respira- 
tory movements, increased diuresis, cramps, disorder of co-ordina- 
tion, convulsions, and finally death from centric respiratory pa- 
ralysis, the heart continuing to beat long after the arrest of res- 
piration, and finally stopping in diastole. 

9) Boldoglucin acts on the lower animals as a narcotic. Fif- 
teen drops of the oil cause in man some warmth in the epigas- 
trium; in half a drachm doses, much gastric irritation, with pain 
and vomiting, and the passage of the urine smelling strongly of 
the oil. Larger doses than 5 drops of the tincture are apt to 
vomit and purge. (Wood.) 

10) All the clinical researches and physiological experiments 
made, says Houde, agree as to the influence of Boldine on the 
liver and on hepatic affections. All its therapeutic activity is con- 
centrated on this organ. 

A careful analysis of the above observations readily show that 
Boldo and its derivatives act with energy, not only on digestive 
and hepatic metabolism, but on the motor and sensory nerves and 
the brain. 

Therapeutics. — Much of the knowledge I have of Boldo to- 
day I owe it to my friend. Dr. Saaverio, of Havana, who, besides 
supplying me with sufficient and valuable data, informs me that 
in Chile, vulgar therapeutics employs both the bark and leaves 
against rheumatism and dropsy. 

There seems to be no doubt that Boldo acts favorable upon 
hepatic congestion, especially when attended with painful phe- 
nomena, and it is claimed that it has been afficacious in hepatic 
colic. The enthusiasm of some goes so far as to declare it a 
wonderful agent to combat diseases of the liver, particularly 
ascites due to atrophy. Moreover, our opponents assert that 
Boldo has proved serviceable not only as a tonic but as an atiti- 
rheumatic and antifebrile. Boldine as an hypnotic and local an- 
esthetic. Boldoglucin as a narcotic and hypnotic. The bark 
has also been used for the cure of dysentery. The oil for gonor- 
rhoea and chronic cystitis. 

From the current literature on Boldo we still take additional 

208 Boldo and Boldinc. 

commendations. This remedy has been recommended in alcoholic 
and vinous solution for ancemia, dyspepsia and general debility, 
and the oil has been proposed for the relief of catarrh, especially 
of the urinogenital organs. (Stille.) Dujardin Beaumetz rec- 
commends Boldo as a stimulant tonic and in affections of the 
liver; he found the oil, in 5 drop doses, a useful remedy in genito- 
urinary inflammations. (Bull. gen. de Therap., 1875.) Accord- 
ing to Chernoviz Boldo (boldea fragrans) has been extolled 
against blenorrhcca and liver troubles. The same authority rec- 
commends the alcoholic tincture of Boldine for dyspepsia and 
chloroancemia, and during the convalescence of serious fevers. 
He also refers to the good effects obtained with Boldo in acute 
and chronic cystitis. (Guia Medica, 4th Edit.) Potter states 
that Boldo is chiefly used as a substitute for quinine, and as a 
tonic for cases of chronic hepatic torpor, and that in S. America 
is employed for gonorrhoea and chronic cystitis. (Memoranda 
on New Remedies.) Verne (1883) employed this remedy with 
success as a tonic in chronic hepatic torpor, and in hepatitis. 
(Doses higher than 5 drops of the tincture often produced vomit- 
ing and purging.) Rene Juranvillec employed Boldoglucix, with 
asserted success, as a hypnotic and calmative remedy in insanity. 
The dose was from 20 to 60 gr. in capsules. (Wood.) 

To Haude, of Paris, however, we are indebted for the highest 
encomium of Boldine as a hepatic remedy. He states that "in 
cases of chronic hepatitis, jaundice, hypertrophy of the liver, 
hepatic colic, and diseases of the liver contracted in the Colonies. 
Boldine gives rapid and conclusive results, often determining a 
complete cure." He says, in addition, "that due to its properties 
the constipation, the bilious vomiting, the headache, the jaundice, 
the dyspnoea, all disappear with notable success. The morbid 
symptoms are dispersed, the hepatic sensitiveness vanishes, the 
urine, which is at first of the color of coffee, becomes clear and 
leaves no sediment, and there is a cessation of the fever, chills 
and sweating. He makes also reference to other notable changes, 
namely, the decrease in the volume of the liver, the return of the 
appetite and the gradual gain of strength, thus, slowly and pro- 
gressively attaining the cure." (The dose he uses is a granule of 
one millegramme, six times a day.) 

This is a sweeping claim which should be received with caution, 

Boldo and Boldine. 209 

and yet there seems to be a consensus of opinion as to the valuable 
influence of Boldo upon the liver, a gland so greatly concerned in 
metabolic activity, in the breaking down of albuminoids, in the 
elaboration of urea, and in the blood making process ; an organ 
which suffers, more or less, in all general diseases, where many of 
the symptoms are due to hepatic disturbance ; and as we know that 
Boldo, in moderate doses, excites the biliary function and induces 
sleep, we may anticipate good results from its use in torpidity of 
the liver with its train of distressing symptoms. Moreover, its 
toxic effect, when given in large doses, are chiefly translated by 
great excitement, with aggravation of the reflexes and of the 
respiratory movements, increased diuresis, cramps, disorder of 
co-ordination, convulsions, and even cardiac failure, which to- 
gether with the gastric burning, vomiting and purging which also 
produces may become indications of value in many diseases of 
centric, medullary and gastro- enteric origin. 

We should also notice that Boldine paralyses, both the motor 
and sensory nerves, attacks the muscular fibres, and produces an- 
esthesia, a symptom which may arise from organic disease of the 
brain, cord, or nerves, or from' functional nervous disease, as 

We have also clear enough evidences of the effects of the 
Oil of boldo upon the genito-urinary track to suggest its appli- 
cation to gonorrhoea and cystitis. It has been compared with 
Terebinthina, which in excessive doses deranges the stomach 
and bowels, and produces oliguria, albuminuria and even hema- 
turia, and is eliminated chiefly by the urine, as Cubeba. Cubeba, 
like Boldo, produces gastro-intestinal irritation, with nausea, 
vomiting, griping and diarrhoea. Copaiba is another similar 

The hypnotic and narcotic properties of its active principle, lead 
us to infer that the sensorium is profoundly affected by this drug, 
which may prove a useful remedy in any morbid condition at- 
tended by drowsiness or stupor with gastric or hepatic irrita- 
tion, and as atony of the stomach, acute yellozv atrophy, acute 
alcoholism, jaundice, lithcemia, etc. 

Of course, any use we may make of this drug, at present, will 
be empirical or experimental, and it seems indeed officious and 
unwarrantable to run after unproved remedies, of doubtful origin. 

210 Transactions of the American Institute. 

when we have at our disposal so many therapeutic agents of ad- 
mitted value to combat not only liver troubles, but all classes of 
disease; drugs with a long clinical history, well experimented 
upon the healthy human organism, strictly confirmed and sanc- 
tioned by experience. And yet we cannot afford to ignore the 
claims of honest men, especially in an age in which the impossible 
no longer exists, and surely, in this case, we should suspend ad- 
verse judgment as to the value of Boldo in liver disorders, for, if 
the clinical symptoms of Dr. Olivera's cases published in The 
Recorder, for August, 1907, should ever be verified, we will then 
have good reasons to undertake the proving of a plant, which 
really seems to own valuable properties. 

The synthetic syndrome of Dr. Olivera's cases can be laconic- 
ally expressed as follows: 1) "Burning pain in the region of the 
liver, with inability to bear the weight of her garments. Sensa- 
tion of weight, pain in the stomach, and a feeling of something 
hard, that she thought was a tumor. No appetite, mouth bitter, 
constant headache, constipation, insomnia, sadness and weeping 
all the time; for eight years could not bend the riglit knee. (Prob- 
ably a hysterical symptom.) Her face had a yellow-clay look, 
languid, glazy eyes, tired feeling while talking, with dyspnoea. 
2) Hepatic abscess, with vomiting of pus. 3) Bloated, cyanotic 
countenance, with high delirious fever." 

It is to be regreted that Dr. Olivera omitted to give us his 
thermometrical and hematic observations, as well as to tell if 
there was or not a history of malaria in all his cases: and import- 
ant would have been also to know, if in the study of his cases, he 
did consider such drugs as Sepia, Kali carb., Pulsat., Nat. 
mur., Sulphur., Arc xit., Chelid., Hydras., Phosph., and 
Mercurius, etc. 




This big volume of 1,175 P a g es > edited by Secretary Kraft, to 
hand. Here are a few little bits picked from its pages that may 
be of general interest : 

Dr. Peck, in his report on International Homoeopathy, tells us 

Transactions of the American Institute. 211 

(and he is generally very accurate) that there are 312 homoeo- 
pathic physicians in Germany., England has 193, Spain 142, 
France 120, Russia 61, Italy 47. Austria 44, Belgium 44. Switzer- 
land 24, Holland 22, Denmark 6, Greece 3, and Portugal 2. 
Proportionately the pharmacies largely outnumber the physicians, 
which seems to show that Homoeopath}- is very popular among the 
people. For instance, England has 73 homoeopathic pharmacies. 

Dr. J. P. Sutherland in his paper spoke of: "'Combination 
prescriptions' and 'combination tablets' whose use, in my own be- 
lief, is being viewed with too complaisant an eye. The specialist 
in therapeutics who calls himself a homceopathist, cannot con- 
sistently make use of drugs whose action on the healthy remains 
unproved. Where are our provings of 'combination tablets?' 
Let the physician employ such if he desires — but let him not call 
himself a homoeopathic physician while employing them." 

The Committee on Drug Provings state that several colleges 
have appointed directors of drug proving. 

The Pharmacopoeia Committee stated that an effort had been 
made to have the new pharmacopoeia adopted by the U. S. Gov- 
ernment as official, also this comment: "In the meantime, let us 
promote the success of Homoeopathy in the United States by 
binding ourselves together by an additional tie-loyalty to phar- 
macopoeia. To do this we must see that all our pharmacists con- 
form to its directions so that their preparations shall be uniform 
and official, and that the remedies spoken of in our literature shall 
be in its nomenclature. Only thus can we have a uniform scien- 
tific literature. During what may be called the transition period 
it would be welkto remember that the and ix are the same, and to 
mention that fact wherever they are used in reporting cases." 
But suppose it is impractical? 

The committee to investigate the value of I 'ariolinum as a 
prophylactic against small-pox said that "Experience with the 
remedy is practically conclusive as to its value in immunizing 
against small-pox." Also "The conclusion of your committee is 
that Variolinum is an effective means of immunizing against 
small-pox, and we recommend that as such it shall be accorded 
proper recognition at the hands of the American Institute." 

The Committee on Medical Examination Boards said: "A re- 
newed effort, more open than ever before, is making to ex- 

212 Transactions of the American Institute . 

tinguish completely our school of practice, through legislative en- 
actment, assuming that they have the right to govern all medical 
legislation. While we believe the majority are honest in this 
course, we cannot think that the arbitrary leaders are altogether 
sincere in the movement," 

Here is a practical hint from remarks made by Dr. H. C. 
Allen on the subject of homoeopathic missionary work: "One of 
our graduates went to Texas a few years ago, and sent to me for 
500 tracts to distribute. I said, 'Does this pay you?' He replieJ, 
'I have all I can do.' " 

Dr. W. F. Hinckley wanted to look into Homoeopathy and was 
referred to the Encyclopaedia Britannica, and grew indignant that 
an allopathic doctor should have been employed to describe, so 
"I went down to Lafayette street and bought these books, the 
Organon, Key Notes, Jahr's Forty Years and Bryant's Packer 
Manual — costing seven dollars, then I studied Homoeopathy that 
year, and the next year joined the homoeopathic profession. T did 
not throw away all the palliative medicine I had on hand, bu r I 
did use the law of similars as fast as I could absorb it. until now I 
practice Homoeopathy and have for a great many years." 

Dr. John P. Sutherland said of homoeopathic editors: "The 
most formidable single problem the homoeopathic editor has to 
face stares at him from the advertising pages of his journal. Ad- 
vertisements are a journal's sinews of war. Advertisers, f ke 
stoutest financial supporters of a journal, may easily become its 
most subtle and powerful ethical and professional foes, the more 
so as they are so literally foes in its own household." 

Dr. H. E. Beebe got oft quiet satire : "Dr. Osier in the first e !i- 
tions of his works on practice appears in the role of the the 
peutic nihilist. But seeing that this was not fully accepted, in 
his second editions he commends the use of medicine, a direct 
contradiction to his former books." "Thrift, Horatio, thrift!" 

An allopathic doctor was quoted : "Did you ever note the fact 
that without the contributions made by the proprietaries our drug- 
equipment would with very few exceptions be practically where 
it was fifty years ago?" 

Another allopath : "If no more attention was given in the course 
of study to surgery than to materia medica. surgery would be in 
the hands of the instrument makers, as materia medica is in the 
hands of the manufacturers of drugs." 

My Experience in Treatment of Cancer. 213 


Editor of the Homceopathic Recorder: 

In February number of the Recorder I find an article by Dr. 
Cheesman, On Danger of Pregnancy Following Operation of 
Cancer of the Chest. The doctor writes from the standpoint of a 
surgeon ; I will write as a medical specialist, a homoeopath. 

When the doctor sees danger following pregnancy he is per- 
fectly right. Every patient operated upon for this goes soon if 
pregnant or not, besides suffering the tortures of the damned be- 
fore she dies. Dr. Beaston in ablating the ovaries was able to 
effect the disappearance of the disease. Does this not point to the 
origin of it? I say that if pregnancy occurs with a patient 
afflicted with mammary cancer, it is a favorable, condition for a 
cure, it proves that the functions of the sexual organs are still 
intact, and when so are more amenable to treatment. 

Pregnancy stimulates the growth by increased activity, trans- 
ferring the disease to the breast, but it does not produce it. 

Homceopathic treatment will retard and extinguish according 
as the uterus and appendages are rendered active or functionally 

I speak from experience in about seventy cases of cancers. My 
success in the treatment of cancers is as good as in other severe 
diseases. I do not extirpate in a single case. Well directed ho- 
mceopathic treatment cures, never kills. If the disease is too far 
advanced does not shorten life, it smooths the path to the grave 
what no operation can do. Have never found a healthy liver in a 
cancer patient, never healthy sexual organs with mammary cancer. 
Does extirpation cure this? No, it throws the outer offsprings 
of the inner evil back with greater force to the first cause, hence 
speedy death. 

Sweeping knowledge of homceopthic materia medica and 
therapeutics is the only way to handle cancer. 

I am happy in knowing this, and so escape the condemnation of 
conscience. "Clear up the case," hunt the cause, read between the 
lines, do not follow fads. Do not warn against pregnancy, help 
it on with well selected remedies. Be a thorough and true ho- 
moeopath. Early recogntion, not early extirpation; the latter :.> 
evidence of ignorance. 


Dr. J. H. Peterman. 

Ardmore, Oklahoma, March 9, 1908. 

214 Heredity and Tuberculosis. 


"Professor Karl Pearson,* than whom there is no higher au- 
thority on biologic statistics, finds that his researches on the in- 
cidence of pulmonary tuberculosis rather favor the presumption 
of hereditary being a leading if not a dominant factor. It is im- 
possible, he admits, to assume, with the present insufficient data, 
that any disease is inherited in the same sense that physical and 
mental characteristics are inherited, but if inheritance of a con- 
sumptive tendency or diathesis is not assumed, it is difficult to ex- 
plain the facts, or to see how any one escapes with the actual uni- 
versal distribution of the infection, especially in dense populations- 
Few individuals, he says, who lead a moderately active life can 
escape an almost daily risk of infection. Another fact pointing 
the same way is that the average age at the onset of the disease is 
practically the same in all cases, whereas with the infection theory, 
pure and simple, it should occur earlier when a constant possi- 
bility of infection exists, as, for instance, in families where some 
members is a sufferer from the disease. Statistics show only an 
insignificant difference in such cases. The present tendency to 
magnify the infection factor at the expense of the formerly more 
generally accepted view of the importance of heredity in the 
spread of pulmonary tuberculosis is, we think, largely based on 
a priori grounds. When consumption was demonstrated to be 
due to microbic infection there seemed to be little need of invoking 
any other agency. Another thing favoring the change of view 
was the apparent better prognosis afforded, and further, we may 
perhaps consider the advocacy of the infection theory as some- 
what prompted by ideas of expediency as falling more readily in 
line with the active campaign against 'the great white plague.' 

"For a biometric authority like Professor Pearson to magnify 
the importance of heredity in tuberculosis is, however, significant 
and should tend to modify some of the radical utterances that 
consumption is not and can not be, in any proper sense, hereditary. 
Another fact brought out by Professor Pearson is that, while the 
offspring of consumptives are not less fertile and in all probability 
are even more fertile than those of normal heredity, the fact that 

*A First Study of the Statistics of Pulmonary Tuberculosis, London ; 
reviewed in Nature, Feb. 27, 1908. 

Asclepias Tuberosa. 215 

consumption is pre-eminently a disease of youth and early middle 
life, lowers the marriage rate and the period of fecundity, and 
thus tends to lower the normal birth rate of a community." — 
Journal of the American Medical Association. 

It is not improbable that in a few years the man who talks 
"germs" as the cause of disease will be hooted and jeered as being 
"out of date." "a back number" and an "old fossil." — Recorder. 

By C. M. Boger, M. D. 

Pleurisy root is a general relaxant, increasing the secretions, 
This is particularly true of the skin, mucous membranes and 
pleura. There are also certain myalgic manifestations. ( )ften a 
gentle perspiration only appears, then again the sudiferous glands 
may be very active and pour out a profuse sweat : in either case 
the moisture seems very natural. 

The intestinal secretions are also augmented, ending in a very 
characteristic diarrhoea. The provings show several kinds of 
stools, but the one most commonly met with in practice has an 
odor of rotten eggs (Chamomilla) and burns the anus like fire 
{Iris versicolor, Lycopodium ) as it passes. It is generally of a 
dark color. I recently cured a diarrhoea of this kind in an aged 
man who had just passed through a long siege of pneumonia 
under allopathic care. It was interesting to note that as the diar- 
rhoea improved he showed symptoms indicative of incipient 
pleuro-pneumonia, but it all passed away without any special 
event. You should know that when old svmptoms reappear 
they had best be left alone as they will eventually pass away of 
their own accord and leave the patient in much better health. If 
you are imprudent enough to give a new remedy while the symp- 
toms are leaving in the reverse order of their appearance, you will 
generally spoil the whole case and get the patient as well as your- 
self into a lot of trouble. It also has stools like moss floating in 
water (Magnesia carbonica, Gratiola). It also has oily stools, 
leading one to think that it must have some effect upon the pan- 
creas. Other remedies with this symptom are. Causticum, Picric 
■acid. Phosphorus, TJiuja. etc. 

216 Asclepias Tuberosa. 

The main interest in Asclepias, however, centers about the 
chest. Very many cases of pleurisy and pleuro-pneumonia and 
some of the pleurodynia have been cured by it. In such instances 
the temperature is usually not very high, and the pulse is soft and 
compressible. There are various sorts of chest pains, none of 
which are especially noteworthy unless it be one of a cutting 
nature. It is usually sensitive externally, and the patient has a 
desire to sit up and lean forward. The cough is usually partly 
moist, and may not be painful. Like under Bryonia the cough 
often causes pain in forehead and abdomen, but the posture as- 
sumed is just the opposite. It is one of the drugs having diagonal 

It must always be remembered that the homoeopathic prescrip- 
tion is based upon the combination of the symptoms and of their 
groups. When the groups containing the principal actions of the 
remedy are combined we may reasonably expect a good result, if 
the conditions agree, even if the symptoms given have not as yet 
been elicited in the provings of that particular remedy. In the 
case of Asclepias we have sweatiness combined with pleural and 
enteric symptoms, the former ameliorated by bending forward and 
the latter marked by burning discharges ; when this combination 
is present your remedy is certain. 

Compare: Bryonia, Ferrum phosphoricum. 

Lac Caninum. 

Some of the earlier writers in medicine mention the use of 
bitch's milk as a remedy, but we owe its modern use in medicine 
to Homoeopathy, where it fills a very useful and pretty well de- 
fined place. It is not a little remarkable that the weak points in 
the organism of the dog should correspond to the region most 
affected in the human economy by provings of this substance. 

The tendency of Lac caninum symptoms is erratic, to wander 
from place to place, but in doing this they almost invariably 
change from side to side, be the disease what it may. This is 
especially true of the throat manifestations. Objectively the 
parts may present almost any appearance from a simple angina 
to tonsillitis or diphtheria. As a matter of fact, this repeated 
changing from side to side happens in recurrent tonsillitis oftener 

Asclcpias Tubcrosa. 217 

than in any other throat affection. For this type of sore throat it 
is the only remedy I know of. 

In diphtheria the membrane is very often of a glistening, china- 
like whiteness, and the mucous membrane of the throat also takes 
on this glistening or varnished appearance. (Apis, Kali bi- 
chromicum.) Cracks often appear in the angles of the mouth 
and nose. 

This alternation of sides is not restricted to the throat by any 
means ; it is not unusual in the female sexual organs., first in one 
ovary then in the other, or they shoot from one to the other. 
Here Cimicifuga leads all other medicines, but if the concomi- 
tants agree Lac caninum may be indicated. 

Before we leave the female sexual sphere I wish to call your 
attention to the great usefulness of this medicine in drying up the 
breast milk. Sometimes, for various reasons, you may find your- 
self compelled to stop the flow of milk, and it will be one of the 
pleasures of your practice to do this without resorting to the 
nasty practice of applying camphorated lard or Belladonna oint- 
ment, like the old school. If Lac can in 11 111. in the rapidity of its 
action should form a few nodules in the breasts, Phytolacca will 
speedily disperse them. 

The Lac caninum patient is exquisitely sensitive, overwrought 
and full of all kinds of horrid imaginations ; she thinks she is 
tormented by the presence of snakes, dreams of them, is terrified 
by them. She fancies her body is loathsome with disease or that 
she has some poison or other in her system (Lachesis, Vipera). 
She even don't want her fingers to touch each other, so she keeps 
them spread apart (Lye, Sec. c). This sensitiveness extends to 
the retina, which retains impressions of objects long after the eyes 
have been turned elsewhere, like Nicolin and Tuberc. Lac caninum 
then presents the very useful combination of throat and sexual 
symptoms ; one that will come up in your work pretty often, and 
when it does you will do well to look this remedy over very care- 
fully. Sore throat coming on and passing away with the menses 
should attract your attention. (Mag. c.) Menses are some- 
times green. 

The symptoms are very apt to be worse on the morning of one 
day and on the afternoon of the next. In a general way it re- 
minds one very much of Lachesis. 

2i8 Finding of the Similimum. 



Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder: 

I enclose a letter (see below) from Dr. Lusk, which I desire to 
answer through the pages of your journal. 

I think this the best way, because there may be others that 
might get "balled up" as is Dr. Lusk, and I can see how it might 
be so. I tried in the footnote on page 45 to make myself clear as 
to symptoms of different values, but perhaps should have added 
that in the count I always, allow the numeral 3 for the highest 
grade symptoms, 2 for italics, and 1 for the ordinary symptoms, 
unless, as Dr. Lusk does, T only use the two higher orders, which 
I also find very practical. In common, offhand work if (as Dr. 
Lippe used to say) I get three of the symptoms styled peculiar or 
characteristic by Hahnemann (Sec. 153 Organon), I have the 
three legs to my stool and can feel quite safe sitting upon it. Of 
course, more mane it firmer. But in working out a difficult 
chronic case repertory work will sometimes be necessary. 

I will repeat in substance what I meant to be understood in the 
footnote referred to that if I had a case of twenty symptoms and 
one remedy covered eighteen of them, but only three were char- 
acteristic (or strong), and another remedy covered only twelve 
of the symptoms, but ten of them were characteristic, I should 
certainly choose the latter remedy. 

Hoping this may answer not only the very honest and pertinent 
question of Dr. Lusk, but others in whom the same question might 
arise, I will close by thanking Dr. Lusk and all others who may 
honor me with a study of my modest endeavors to be helpful to 
my brethren in the profession. 

E. B. Nash, M. D. 

Port Dickinson, N. Y., April 22, 1908. 

E. B. Nash, M. D. 

Dear Doctor: I have just finished reading your little brochure. 
"How to Take the Case,*' but a question arises which is not an- 
swered therein relative to how to "find the similimum." Take for 
example the sample case given, what symptoms do you place first 

Homoeopathic Pharmacy. 219 

in studying the case from Bcenninghausens Pocket Book? [n my 
work with the Pocket Book it is my plan to take what seems to be 
a leading symptom, select the remedies named, all except those 
in the smallest type, and use this list to choose from under the 
next important symptom. This is also the method used by Dr. 
George Royal, of Des Moines, ex-president of the A. I. H. From 
your discussion of the case in studying the remedy I do not catch 
the significance of the numerals affixed to the various remedies, 
and I can not quite see by what process you arrive at a conclu- 
sion. Xo doubt the fault is my own. but really, doctor. I can not 
tell from vour book by what methods yon find the similimum. 

If it is not asking too much of you I should consider it a great 
favor if you could find time out of your busy life to explain this 
point to me. 

Awaiting your pleasure and convenience for a reply. I am. 

Yours very truly. 

E. E. Lusk. 

Keota. Iowa, April 10. 1908. 


The Recorder has received a letter from a well known ho- 
moeopathic pharmacist strongly commending the position taken 
by this journal on the pharmacopoeia question. Erom the phar- 
macist's point of view (it may be added that the letter referred to 
is by no means the only one received of a similar tenor) the chief 
objection to the new pharmacopoeia is that it is impractical, and 
the sooner the gentlemen who are actively upholding it, out of a 
sense of loyalty to the Institute, realize this the better it will be for 
Homoeopathy. The very best thing that could be done in the 
matter would be to let the book quietly slip into oblivion, as the 
old school has done in a parallel case. On this point another 
pharmacist said: "The old school men tried something similar 
when they wanted (officially only') to have their tinctures 'as- 
sayed.' It was found to be impractical with few exceptions tint 
always have been assayed, and given up ; one or two houses for a 
time made a bluff at it but no one paid any attention to them and 
Tne>- dropped the bluff. In all probability they did not change the 
mode of making tinctures before or after their bluff.'' 

220 Crataegus Oxyacantha. 

It is the old story over again, beautiful (to some) in theory, a 
dismal failure in practice. Individually, with a very few excep- 
tions, the members of the Institute seemingly care little about the 
matter ;* they probably realize that pharmacists naturally know 
more about the preparing of tinctures than they. Only two ho- 
moeopathic pharmacies claim to follow the new book to-day ; sev- 
eral tried it but gave it up. They did not abandon the new phar- 
macopoeia because they wanted to "fight the Institute,'" or on ac- 
count of ''hostility" to any one, but because the new work is im- 

Another point worthy of consideration even by the friends of 
the new work is that it is based on the atomic theory, one that : = 
now no longer tenable or held by any scientist. Is it wise to have 
a book based on an abandoned theory adopted as the homoeo- 
pathic standard by the United States Government? 

By Crawford R. Green, M. D., Troy, N. Y. 

The introduction of Cratccgus oxyacantha, the Hawthorn I 
into medicine as a heart remedy is attributed to a Dr. Green, f 
Ennis, Ireland. From time to time this remedy has attained to 
some sporadic vogue, but it has never received that general 
recognition which it so richly deserves. Indeed, Cratccgus has 
given such uniformly successful results where it has been em- 
ployed in heart conditions that, although a comparatively new 
remedy, the neglect it has received, both in our literature and 
our practice, is quite remarkable. 

Unfortunately, this wonderful remedy has not been proved, so 
that we know little of its truly homoeopathic action. The clinical 
observation of those who have employed it, however, is sufficient 
to establish that it is no exaggeration to say that it is one of the 
greatest heart remedies which we at present command. 

The action of Cratccgus is so broad that there are few heart 
conditions it does not include, and none that contraindicate it. In 

*When the new pharmacopoeia came out Boericke & Tafel prepared all 
the leading drugs according to its directions and catalogued them, but there 
is very little call for them. 

Cratcegus Oxyacantha. 221 

fact, it may be regarded as approaching a specific for cardiac con- 
ditions in general. It acts both as a powerful heart tonic and as a 
stimulant. It profoundly affects the circulation, strengthening the 
weak pulse and regulating its rhythm, correcting alike tachy- 
cardia, brachycardia,- or simple arrhythmia, apparently regardless 
of cause. 

Its action in valvular heart conditions is truly remarkable, 
whether the mitral or aortic area be affected. It seems to have 
positive power to 'dissolve valvular growths of calcareous or vege- 
tative origin. It is of value, too, in heart conditions caused by, or 
associated with anaemia. 

Crataegus has saved many lives in cases of organic disease with 
failing compensation. In the pronounced oedema of such condi- 
tions, it manifests a diuretic action in every respect rivaling that 
of Digitalis, Apocynum and Strophanthus. Some observers have 
found the extreme dyspnoea frequently associated with these con- 
ditions to be a leading indication for its employment. Unques- 
tionably, it has a powerful action upon the pneumogastric nerve, 
correcting its inhibitory function when heart failure is imminent 
a- a result of over-stimulation. 

In heart pains of various kinds, where we so frequently think of 
Cactus, Spigeiia, Kahiiia, and their allies, Crataegus often gives re- 
lief when other remedies fail. In angina pectoris it is of indubit- 
able value. Jennings has reported its use in a series of fort}- cases 
of true angina with remarkably good results. 

As a heart stimulant and sustainer in the infectious fevers, 
Cratcegus is of the greatest service. In diphtheria, typhoid, 
pneumonia and all other toxemic conditions, it may be confidently 
prescribed as a routine measure upon the least sign of a flagging 
heart. In such conditions, it gives results far safer and far more 
effective than alcohol. Digitalis or Strychnia. When employed in 
this manner, I have frequently seen lives saved with it when I am 
confident that any other form of stimulation would have failed. 
In two cases of typhoid fever I have seen heart murmurs disap- 
pear within twenty-four hours after its administration, reappear 
within a few hours when the remedy was experimentally discon- 
tinued, and again disappear upon its readministration. 

In fatty degeneration of the heart, where, above all, we must 
guard against the dangers of over-stimulation, Cratcugus is an 

222 Therapeutic Pointers. 

absolutely safe remedy. For this reason, pulmonary tuberculosis, 
so generally associated with fatty heart, presents a field of excep- 
tional utility. In the tubercular wards, it has been shown that 
Crataegus will often tide a patient over critical periods when 
adrenalin is of too transient action, and Strychnia, always dan- 
gerous in pulmonary tuberculosis, would expand the heart and as 
surely kill the patient. 

In shock, in collapse, in syncope of cardiac origin, Crataegus 
gives excellent results when administered alone or in conjunction 
with any other stimulant that seems immediately indicated. 

A summary of the symptoms for which Cratcegus has been ad- 
ministered would be an epitome of the symptomatology of heart 
disease in general. Feeble and irregular pulse ; valvular mur- 
murs ; oedema ; dyspnoea ; pallor ; cutaneous chilliness : blueness of 
fingers and toes; circulatory disturbances; heart inflammations; 
heart pain — all these symptoms and many more are attributed to 
it by various observers. 

The dosage of Cratcegus is usually given as five to fifteen drops 
of the mother tincture, repeated every six hours. As the remedy 
has no cumulative action, it may be repeated at more frequent 
intervals in severe cases with perfect impunity. As a heart tonic 
and sustainer the administration of seven to ten drops, three times 
a day to adults, or two to four drops to children, gives excellent 
results. Clarke recommends giving it during or immediately after 
a meal, as otherwise it may cause nausea. I have, however, re- 
peatedly given it upon an empty stomach, and in only one instance 
have observed it to cause gastric disturbance. As an immediate 
stimulant in extreme cases of collapse, it may be administered 
hypodermically in ten drops of the tincture. The preparation 
used is of importance, for the tincture should be prepared from 
the ripe hawthorn berry and not from the whole plant. — The 


"A troublesome itching of the shin-bone/ 
permanently cured by Rumex crispus. 

"Intense and distressing itching of the end of the coccyx," of 
very long standing, cured by Bovista. 

Olive Oil in Gastric Troubles. 223 

"Stinking feet for many years, even the little children in the 
evening would run, holding their noses and crying 'Papa is tak- 
ing off his boots.' ' Sanicula cured the case when washing three 
times a day was of no avail. 

A boy continually blistered by sun-burn, was made like other 
boys by several doses of Camphora. 

A man who itched and scratched for many year^ when cold 
weather set in, but was always freed from the affection by going 
south in winter, was cured by Sulphur, high. — Dr. IV. A. Ying- 
ling, Med. Advance. 

A woman, aet. 46, gasps on first lying down, breathless on de- 
scending stairs, starts at sudden noises, awakes gasping, on fall- 
ing asleep. Borax cured. — Dr. M. E. Burgess, Hahn. Round 

For the foul breath I have yet to find the case that will not 
yield to Baptisia tinctoria, for I think that back of syphilis is a 
condition that has never been recognized, that is akin to typhoid." 
— Dr. Webb, Ec. Review. 

Dr. P. C. Majumdar reports a case of hiccoughs accompanying 
paralysis that was removed by Xux vomica. Other remedies 
cured the paralysis. 

Pambotano is used in Mexico by distillers to prevent acetous 
fermentation. Dr. Roby ( Ellin gwood's Therapeutist J combined 
it with Echinacea in a case of senile gangrene with the best re- 
sults. It was given internally. 

Dr. Bloss reports a case of Aconitinc poisoning in which two 
of the Aconite keynotes were very prominent, i. c., "numbness 
and tingling throughout the body/' 

Rumex crispus is said to be peculiarly rich in "organic iron," 
and to be very useful in youthful anaemia, or "impoverished 
blood" of any age, and has high repute in some quarters for very 
intractable eczemas. 

A mild solution of quinine is said to be a sure cure for Rhus 


Those who have used olive oil in gastric troubles have become 
convinced that there is a field for the action of this remedy which 
is not thoroughly understood. 

224 Letter from Kansas City. 

Bloch treated nineteen cases of gastric ulceration, a part of 
which were accompanied with pyloric stenosis, with the use of 
either olive or linseed oil given in a small quantity three times 
a day. This not only promoted restoration of the strength of the 
patient, but relieved the pain. 

Where from spasm of the pyloris there was enlargement of 
the stomach, the result was immediate and satisfactory. Where 
the stenosis was extreme, the results were most apparent. 

This suggestion is a good one and I should be glad, if any 
reader has adopted a similar course, to receive a report of the 
result. The oil is nutritional in its influence and will do away 
with the necessity of so large a quantity of nutrition which the 
stomach may not receive well. 

Should there be liver faults in conjunction with stomach diffi- 
culty the remedy would be of increased advantage. — Ellin gwood's 


Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder: 

The local physicians of this city are working hard to perfect 
•arrangements for the coming meeting in June, of the A. I. H. 
All feel satisfied that one of the best meetings in the history of 
the Institute will be held. 

Dr. Cramer, of the Local Committee, has hotel arrangements 
completed. The Coates House, which has been selected as head- 
quarters, is located at the corner of ioth and Broadway, several 
blocks from the business centre, and is a first-class hotel in every 
way. It has abundant facilities to handle the entire attendance, 
should all elect to stop there. The rates on the American plan 
will be from $2. 50 up per day; on the European plan, $1.00 a 
day up. 

The sectional meetings, committee meetings, and officers' head- 
quarters will be located in the "Coates," as will also the Ex- 
hibitions, for whom ample arrangements have been made. Mr. 
Firey, manager of the hotel, is bending all his energies to pro- 
vide for the comfort and convenience of his coming guests. 

The general meeting's of the Institute will be held at the 

Book Notices. 225 

"Casino/' a new assembly hall, adjoining the hotel. This is a 
modern building, that will accommodate the largest meeting, and 
has all the modern conveniences. 

There are numerous other hotels in the immediate vicinity of 
the "Coates," at rates to suit all purses. Numerous entertain- 
ments will be provided for the visitors, including, we under- 
stand, a banquet. The Reception Committee, including Drs. 
Lyon, Starkey. Alexander, and others, will see that all are made 

M. R. F. 


The Clinic Repertory. By P. W. Shedd, M. D., Xew 

York. Including a Repertory of Time Modalities, by Dr. Ide, 

of Stettin, Germany. Translated from the Berliner Zeitschrift 

Homoeopathic JEvzte, Band xxv., Hefte 3 and 4. 240 pages. 

Cloth, $1.50. Postage, 8 cents. Philadelphia: Boericke & 

Tafel. 1908. 

In reviewing Dr. Shedd's Clinic Repertory, we feel that we are 
reviewing a book of essentials, practicalities, and exposition in 
the repertory form of the simplicity and wide range of homoeo- 
pathic medication. The book was designed originally, as stated 
in the preface, for use in the clinic, and physicians who have had 
charge of a medical clinic with its numerous patients and limited 
time will appreciate the need of such a work : and professional 
visits at the bedside (whither one cannot carry a library), or even 
office consultations, present many features found in clinic prac- 
tice. The consideratum of such a book is its facile groupings of 
essential elements, which, with an ordinary working-knowledge 
of materia medica, shall lead to reliable scientific prescription. 

The repertory begins with a very complete summary of 

Aggravations and Ameliorations from Weather and Tern- 

Aggravations and Ameliorations from Position and Motion. 

Remedies Markedly Affecting the Sides of the Body. 

226 Book Notices. 

Remedies Corresponding to Sensory Stimulation. 
Peculiar Sensations. 
Formication, Numbness. 
Alternation of Complaints, for example: 
Asthma X eruptions: Calad., Rhus. 
X gout: Lye., Sulf. 
X nocturnal diarrhoea: Kali carb. 
Colic X delirium: Pb. 
Contrary complaints in general: Croc, Ign., Kali bi., Plat. y 

Convulsions X rage: Stram. 
Cough X eruptions: Crot. tig. 

X sciatica: Staph. 
Diarrhoea X rheumatism: Dulc. 

X headache: Podo. 
Herpes X dysentery: Rhus. 
Laryngeal X uterine symptoms: Arg. nit. 
Lumbago X headache: Aloe. 
Mental X physical symptoms: Croc, Hyos., Lil. tig., 

Numbness X pains: Cham., Graph, (sciatica lumbago). 
Paralytic X spasmodic symptoms: Stram. 
Religious affections X sexual excitement: Lil. tig. 
Rheumatism X cardiac pains: Benz. ac. 
X catarrh: Kali bi. 
X gastric symptoms: Kali bi. 
Vertigo X colic: Ver. alb. 
and then follows the anatomic schema : Mind, Head and Brain, 
Eye, Ear, Nose, Face, Mouth, Teeth, Tongue, Throat and Voice, 

The glandular, nervous, osseous, and muscular systems are 
again taken up under their respective rubrics, and Common Dis- 
eases and Conditions are also grouped together. 

Aside from the purely symptomalogic points, there are in- 
cluded under the anatomic headings the remedies found clinically 
most useful in common disease-types, e. g., under Skin we have : 
Erysipelas: Acox., Amm. c. (blackish), Apis (smooth, 
(Edematous), Ars. (blackish), Bell, (smooth, er- 
ratic), Bry. (joints), Caxtii. (vesicular). Carb. 

Book Notices. 227 

ac. (vesicular), Euphorb., Graph, (ulcerative; 

moist; wandering; chronic), Hep. (ulcerative), 

Lach., Lappa (chronic), Merc, Puis, (erratic),. 

Rhus (vesicular), Sulf. (ulcerative; chronic). 
Gangrene (from bums or sores): Agar., Ars., Asaf., Canth. r 

Carb. ac, Carbo v., Caust., Kreos., Rhus, Strain. 
cold: Ars., Pb., Sec 
hot Ars., Sab., Sec 
moist: China, Hell. 
senile: Cepa, Secale. 
spots in: Crot. h., Cycl., Hyos., Sec. 
A valuable materia medica of the keynotes of 50 polychrests^ 

Nitric acid: Sad, despondent, joyless. 

Excessive psychical and physical irritability, an "easy cus* 

Weak, but still irritable. 

< from cold, always chilly. 
<at night. 

< from sensory disturbances. 
General weakness worse in a. m. 

Bleeding fungoid ulcers with sticking pains. ' 

Acid sweat like horse-urine. 

After a loose stool, distress for hours. 

Last stage of hemorrhagic typhoid. 

Liquifies rather than coagulates the blood. 

Seniles (natural or premature) with diarrhceic tendencies^ 
is a part of the work. There is a chapter of Common Sequences ; 
of Dynamic Antidotes ; one of Poisons and their Physiologic 
Antidotes, and of great interest and worth is a most complete 
repertory of the Appearances and Aggravations of Complaints- 
according to Time, as translated by Dr. Shedd from the German 
of Dr. Ide (Stettin: Zcitschrift des Berliner Vereines horn. 
Aertze. Band XXV, Hefte 3-4.) No remedy which has a time 
aggravation of any complaint or symptom is lacking here. 

The work is unique in its facility of reference, and exhibits an 
intensely practical turn of mind. Dr. Shedd's familiarity with 
the resources of homoeopathic literature in all languages has per- 
mitted the collocation of a number of remedies found most useful 

228 Book Notices. 

in the experience of our over-sea homoeopaths. An early edition 
■of the Repertory in Spanish will be forthcoming. 

The typographical part of the work is done in the best style 
of this publishing house ; the binding is substantial ; the book fits 
the pocket or the satchel (240 pages) and the price ($1.50) fits 
the purse. 

We feel that we may, without bias, heartily commend the 
Clinic Repertory to the general practitioner, old or young: the 
medical student and interne ; and to "Old School Men" to whom 
the author dedicates it as a practical introduction to the science 
of homoeopathic medication. 

A Nursery Manual. The Care and Feeding of Children 
in Health and Disease. By Reuel A. Benson, M . D. Lecturer 
on Diseases of Children, Xew York Homoeopathic Medical 
College, etc. 184 pages. Cloth, $1.00. Postage, 5 cents. 
Philadelphia : Boericke & Tafel. 1908. 

A daintily bound, well printed on fine paper, and well written 
book that is much needed to-day, both for the actual use it will 
be to mothers, and as a beginning of the reaction of homoeopathic 
physicians from their past attitude of hostility to family Homoe- 
opathy. A sound little book like this will greatly strengthen Ho- 
moeopathy in the family where it acts as a guide, and thus bene- 
fits both family and physician, to say nothing of the youthful 
denizen of the nursery of whom Dr. Benson writes : "A child 
who has been properly fed and reared under homoeopathic re- 
gime, is physically better equipped for life than any other." And 
that saying is sound to the core ; given a hundred average babies 
one-half of them making the start in life under homoeopathic treat- 
ment, and the other under the old schol treatment, and the little 
homoeopaths will far outstrip their handicapped brothers and 
sisters in the matter of physical equipment. The idea, as inti- 
mated above, that has ruled for some time past among physi- 
cians that families should not be encouraged to study into family 
practice is a very erroneous one for both doctor and patient, for 
books like this put into the nursery will enormously enlarge the 
clientele of the physician by cultivating an intelligent apprecia- 

Book Xotices. 229 

tion of what Homoeopathy really is and what it can do for health 
and attendant happiness. 

As for the text, it need only be said that it is plain, simple 
and practical, and the medical treatment what might be well 
termed "first aid" in Homceopthy, just such as will be really use- 
ful in the nursery and tend to strengthen the family's belief in 
the efficacy of Homoeopathy. 

Knaves or Fools ? By Charles E. Wheeler, M. D., B. S. r 
B. Sc. 104 pages. 60 cents. Postage, 5 cents. London : 
John Hogg. 1908. 

Dr. Wheeler, the author of this book, is now editor of the 
Homoeopathic World, succeeding Dr. John H. Clarke. The book 
is divided into five chapters and their headings will give the 
reader an outline of the book. These are, ''The Situation," 
"Samuel Hahnemann and His Times," "The Trend of Modern 
Medicine," "Knaves or Fools?" and "The Future and Its Pos- 
sibilities." The book is most excellently written on these topics 
which concern the status of Homoeopathy in its relation to 
modern medicine, and that the blind negation of the latter will 
no longer avail. If scientific medicine is to be worthy of its as- 
sumed title, it must face that which is known as "Homoeopathy." 
The title, in our opinion, is not a very happy one ; at first glance 
one naturally jumps to the conclusion that the doctor who will 
not follow the law of similia must be a knave or a fool, but re- 
fers to the amusing attitude of the allopaths, who look on ho- 
moeopaths as being one or the other — chiefly the latter. This 
attitude reminds one of courtiers in the court of an African king- 
met by Stanley, who looked down on him and the other whites 
quite contemptuously. Something of this spirit is shown even 
by homoeopath ists who laugh at Hahnemann's Chronic Diseases r 
because he terms the chief of his chronic miasms "psora," i. e., 
itch. If Hahnemann taught that the vast army of psoric ills are 
due to the itch mite the scoffers would have some grounds for 
their superior knowledge, but it happens that he does nothing' 
of the kind, and those who laugh are those who never read the 

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Is it A Dream ? — Is it mere idle speculation to read in the signs 
of the times that about the period some of our worthy homoeo- 
paths have succeeded in getting doses big enough and strong 
enough to suit their ideas, that the restless allopath will have 
struck the trail of the dynamic remedy and have followed it to the 
point where even the I. H. A. will have to sit up and take notice? 
You can wager your little surplus, with a surety of winning, if 
you live long enough, that the man, the faction, the school, or 
what you will, who follows the dynamic remedy administered on 
the law of Similars, as laid down in The Materia Medica Pur a 
and The Chronic Diseases, will be the medical survivor of the 
future. Man is too apt to mistake the passing show for the dis- 
covery of eternal verity. 

The Law. — Dr. Eustace Smith, in the British Medical Journal, 
February 29 (quoted in Hahn. Monthly), writing of the uses of 
Antimony in small doses, adds : "There is another use for the 
antimonial salts which must not be forgotten. It is a recognized 
fact that all nauseating medicines when given in minute doses 
lose their irritating properties and become gastric sedatives. 
( rood examples of this lazv (our italics) are seen in the cases of 
Ipecacuanha and Zinc sulphate," i. c. Ipecac in large doses will 
pre duce vomiting and in "minute doses" will relieve vomiting. 
If "this law" prevails in one class of drugs is it not but element- 
"ary logic to affirm that it must govern all drugs? If it governs 
all drugs is it not Homoeopathy? x\nd if, as seems to be admitted 
Tby Dr. Smith, this is the general law governing the effects of 

Editorial B verities. 231 

drugs in their action on human beings, should not the old school 
men for the sake of humanity avail themselves of it? And if they 
do adopt this practice which common sense dictates, should not 
they as honest men admit the fact that Homoeopathy is a natural 
law — the law of therapeutics? 

Bier's Hypeflemic Treatment. — This method is making 
something of a stir to-day. though in reality it is not new. During 
"the war" a doctor named Hatfield, at Cincinatti, O., employed 
what is practically the same treatment, and though he advertised 
he was a rather skilful physician. His advertising was original. 
It was "No cure until paid/' While he used drugs, and even 
homoeopathic drugs, his chief reliance was in an air pump with 
various appliances to remove the air pressure from any part of 
the body, thus causing an accumulation of blood, which is, it 
seems, the essential thing in the Bier method. He could apply the 
suction to any part of the body, and even to the whole body. 
When it first appeared it was quackery. Xow it emerges from 
the limbo of the forgotten as science, while the principle remains 
the same. It doubtless has some uses, but is very far from being 
millennium medicine. 

''Regular'' Therapeutics. — Dr. Torald Sollman has been dis- 
cussing "the aims of the council on pharmacy and chemistry," 
which council seems to be a part of the A. M. A. organization 
whose duty it is to pass on proprietary preparations and steer 
the prescriber in the way he should go. This is a surmise only 
and subject to correction, of course, but no one can deny that the 
council, or a member of it, is sometimes right as when Dr. Soll- 
man asserts of the ("regular") therapeutics of the day, "at pres- 
ent it cannot be classed as an art, nor as a science : it can only be 
classed as a confusion." After this frank statement Dr. Soil- 
man proceeds : 

"Within the gates, we hear clamor from the man who would 
substitute the laboratory for the bedside, and from the man who 
would substitute the bedside for the laboratory. One shouts vali- 
antly for every new product of the advertiser's skill; another 
asserts boldly that the treatment of disease is a figment of the 
imagination. One praises baths as the modern elixir of life, an- 
other electricity, another radium. This one rests his faith in 

232 Editorial Brevities. 

nurses, and this one in office furniture — and thus it goes. With- 
out the gates, we see healers of various names, even more noisy, 
each shouting for his little cure-all, liscordant in every thing but 
their attacks on what they discern as the weakest part of medi- 

The "product of the advertiser's skill" is an especially happy 
phrase, for what general reader has not run across statements of 
physicians, who do not believe in diphtheria antitoxin, yet dare 
not cut out the use of it in a case of diphtheria? Dare not be- 
cause if the patient were to die he would be tacitly held respon- 
sible for the death. vVhy? Because of skillful, exceedingly skill- 
ful, advertising the public have adopted it as a fetish, and woe 
to the luckless medical wight who in practice flouts it. Homoeo- 
pathic doctors will do well to remain in the clear light of their law 
and keep out of the therapeutic rat pit of "scientific" medicine 
described by Dr. Sonman. 

There Is Xothixg Better. — Dr. William Sharp wrote, in one 
of his tracts (Xo. 10) : "I have allowed that Hahnemann's prov- 
ing are not free from errors and defects ; but I contend, and this 
from my own personal observation and experience at the bedside 
of the sick, that, notwithstanding these errors and defects, they 
are of more practical value in the treatment of disease than any- 
thing which had been effected by former physicians.'' And these 
words might be honestly written to-day, A. D. 1908. 

The Xosodes. — In the discussion following the reading of Dr. 
Stuart Close's paper on ''Gonorrhoea" at Jamestown, showing the 
far-reaching and disastrous evils that follow that disease, which 
is rarely cured and never by injections, Dr. H. C. Allen said: "I 
have used Medorrhinum for perhaps thirty years, and the more I 
have studied its symptomatology the better results I have had in 
eliminating some of the worst chronic cases I ever saw. Those 
allopathic physicians who have never applied these remedies as 
Hahnemann has instructed us by strict symptomatological appli- 
cation have yet some surprises for them in the future. They will 
find many cases which may be kept away from the operating table 
by Medorrhinum." No man to-day is better fitted to write a 
book on the nosodes than Dr. Allen, and no book would be more 

Editorial Brevii 2$$ 

Bryonia in Puerperal Fever in Cows. — Or. Chatain, an old 
veterinary surgeon, relates his experience with Bryonia in puer- 
peral fever in Lc Propagatear de I'Homceopathie. He got his 

knowledge from Teste and other of the early practitioners. His 
first case was a cow that had given birth to a calf and was lying 
on the floor of the stable immovable, with closed eves and cold. 
He diagnosed it as an advanced case of puerperal fever. Ten 
drops of the tincture were put in a quart of water, and a tumbler- 
ful given the cow every hour. After the third dose the cow 
arose and began to eat at her stall. Dr. Chatain says that he was 
successful in every case of the disease that he treated with 

e Original Examining Board. — Dr. Remindino (Pacific 
Med. Jour.) tells of the first medical examining board and its 
origin. When France became "nutty," as the language of the day 
would put it, over Liberty, Fraternity and the rest, she chased off 
ail the aristocrats ( which word, if memory is not at fault, means 
"the best"), and with them went the doctors and surgeons. Then 
France engaged in a gran'! scrap with the rest of the world, and 
man}- citizen patriots got hurt. The medical corps of the army 
was made up of barbers, tooth drawers and leeches. At the head 
of this body was Baran Percy, who seem to have been one of the 
surgeons who was not chased out of the country and escaped hav- 
ing his head shave 1 off ar the neck. He complained to the patriot 
government, convention, at Paris, of the inefficiency of his so- 
called surgeons and doctors. The convention remedied the 
trouble by establishing a medical examining board. This board 
didn't know anything of medicine or surgery more than those they 
examined, but they had the guillotine back of them so what they 
decided z^'cut. The candidate was locked in a room and one 
written question after another was shoved into him. The 
"board'' then decided on his fitness and there was no appeal, for 
while not aristocratic, it was autocratic. Dr. Remindino seems 
to think that "we have fallen heir to this raw system of ex- 
aminations." If you happen to remember the answers to the 
questions you are a good doctor, while if you don't you are n. g. 

"More Olives — Less Pork." — Such is the hi . f an edi- 

234 Editorial Brevities. 

torial in the Southern California Practitioner, highly lauding ripe 
olives and olive oil as "ideal nutrients" that "have good effect 
on both mind and body." "Olive oil, with bread, makes a delicious, 
healthful luncheon," at once cheap, palatable, highly nutritious 
and easily digested. Now, that hot weather is approaching, the 
substitution of olive oil for beef and pork would at once prove 
healthful to the body and bracing to the pocket. It would also 
be a gentle hint to the philanthropic beef trust that there are 

A Proving of Sodii Iodidi. — The other day a man went to a 
very good doctor and received a prescription made up of Sodii 
iodidi, Aquas and Glycerine. The dose was five drops, three 
times a day. This man, like many of his kind, knew more than 
his doctor and took a dessertspoonful three times a day, with the 
result that he had quite a neat proving of the Sodii iodidi. As 
near as could be gathered from the man who knew better than his 
doctor, he had the following experience : It caused heavy nose- 
bleed, lasting once nineteen minutes, and recurring off and on 
all day. Head felt heavy and swollen. Neuralgic, shooting pains. 
Back of head heavy and swollen. Great heat all over the body. 
Running at nose, watery, but bland. Felt heavy all over, and 
couldn't sleep well on account of pains in head. The heat that 
welled up from all the body evidently centered in the head. 

One Way to the Remedy. — Our friend, Dr. AW L. Morgan, 
says that if one of his patients has a craving for a certain article 
he looks it up in his repertory and does the same when they ex- 
hibit a special aversion to anything and finds it to be a great aid. 
Though this is not new it is worth recalling in everyday practice. 

"The Emanuel Movement." — In what is termed "the 
Emanuel Movement," it looks as though the ministers were 
reaching out, or back, to the mediaeval times when priest and 
doctor were one. Also, from the outside, it looks as though they 
were appropriating the Christian Science thunder, and making 
assertions that read like a proprietory medicine pamphlet. The 
thing back of this particular "movement" is the same as in all, of 
a similar nature, that have preceded it, many of which still 
flourish. It is "suggested" to a human being that he, or she, is 

Items of General Interest. 235 

ill, or the patient imagines it on his own hook, the result is the 
same, imaginary illness. The more the imagined ill is dwelt upon 
the worse it becomes. Finally, it is "suggested" by some other 
mortal that a bath in a certain river, a dip in a pool, a visit to a 
shrine, a pilgrimage to a certain place, a visit to some gentle little 
lady, who assures you that you only imagine yourself ill, the 
touch of some one's hands, the exorcising by a spirit-medium, the 
hypnotist, the prayer curer, the Emanuel healers, or what not, 
"will cure/' and, behold! you imagine yourself cured, even as 
before ypn imagined yourself ill. The "cure" is very real to the 
sufferer, for imagination often is an uncanny thing, and the 
♦ heater, be he pagan or Christian, has done a good work, but the 
trouble comes when, as generally happens, he gets puffed up, he 
is apt to tackle ills that are not imaginary, and then he becomes 
an evil to the real sufferer, holding him from a physician by means 
of the power acquired by his cure of imaginary ills. When these 
well meaning and perfectly honest enthusiasts learn that their 
therapeutic power begins and ends in the imaginary they will 
have become useful members of the healing profession. Oc- 
casionally, a physician gets caught in one of these eddies and is 
soon left stranded on the shore. 

We are all apt to say that the imagination is "nothing," and 
therein we err, for it is a very real and very important thing, but 
it is not everything in the make-up of human ills, and the man 
who sticks solely to the material is about as one-sided as the 
man who places the all of cure in "suggestion" in any of its 
phases. The true homceopthic considers both. And even in 
Homoeopath}- that tendency to one-sidedness is apparent in the 
exclusive use of the "low" or the "high" potency. They are both 


Dr. E. C. Winsmore has removed from Philadelphia to Ephrata, 

Dr. C. E. Sawyer has fully recovered from his recent accident 
and attendent illness, and is again attending to his professional 
duties at Marion. Ohio. 

236 Items of General Interest. 

A Kentucky woman has sued her city for damages resulting 
from vaccination, to which she was forced to submit. Suits of 
this sort chill the professionals. 

A Xebraska doctor, sued for accepting a pass from the U. P.. 
railroad, said that he gave professional services to the company 
for $25 a month and an annual pass. Cheap ! 

According to a German pharmaceutical journal, "Eno's Fruit 
Salts" are seidlitz powders masquarading under the aforesaid 

A German surgeon removed a stone from a patient's bladder 
and used it in demonstrations, before a class ; patient refuses to 
pay the bill unless stone was returned, and was upheld by legal 
authority. Moral — obvious. 

Xosebleed is the latest field, perhaps, entered by serotherapy. 
Dr. Sheffers, of Liege, reports two cases of nosebleed cured by 
serum injection. 

Koch's emulsion of tuberculin consists of the filtrate of the 
bacilli cultures to which has been added 1 per cent, of carbolic 

In an obituary column, April 4th, there were 64 deaths of 
doctors reported, and of these, 23 were over 70 years of age. It 
is not a killing profession. 

President Dr. W. L. McCreary, Knoxville, Tenn., in his ad- 
dress, said: "Wherever you find a good homoeopath [in the 
South] you find his practice among the wealthiest people in his. 

Dr. Edward N. By water, of Iowa Falls, writes (Iowa Horn. 
Jour.) : "In internal vaccination, I believe we have a safe method 
of producing immunity against small-pox. Wherever tried, it 
has proved its efficacy." He also adds that in his belief the cause 
of the great increase in tuberculosis is due to "nothing less than 
the infection through vaccination by scarification," which will 
continue as long as the old method of vaccination continues. 

Dr. John H. Clarke has retired from the editor's chair of the 
Homoeopathic World, and is succeeded By Dr. C. E. Wheeler. 
The policy of the World will be unchanged. 

Dr. A. C. Pope, for man}- years one of the editors of the 
Monthly Homoeopathic Review, now British Homoeopathic Re- 
view, died on March 26. 

Items of General Interest. 237 

A Denver surgeon sued a patient for $225.25 for removing 
his appendix. Patient demanded that the appendix be produced, 
which surgeon couldn't do. 

Medical news teems with damage suits against doctors, sur- 
geons and hospitals. This fact is, probably, largely due to those 
pests of civilization, the lawyers who take "contingent fees," i. e., 
cases on "spec." 

Dr. Cummings, of the U. S. Marine Hosp. Service, reports that 
small-pox is epidemic in Japan. As Japan is as rigidly vaccinated 
ss Germany, this fact must make many sit up and think. 

When one considers the ways of the house-fly, one loses faith 
in the doctrine of contagion to a great extent. Perhaps the fry 
is really a scavenger and not dangerous, only vile. Don't give 
him any work to do and he will clear out. 

Mr. Hibbard, proprietor of the Boston Medical Institute and 
the Bellevue Medical Institute, Chicago, has been convicted of 
using the mails for fraudulent purposes, and sentenced to two 
years' imprisonment. Temporary stay of execution granted. The 
decision caused a flutter among the various medical institutions 
of a similar nature. 

A doctor, health officer of Los Angeles, Cal., has preferred 
charges against the Board of Education, for permitting an un- 
vaccinated child to attend schol, though its physician certified 
that it was too delicate to stand the operation. Noble officer ! 

A Jersey patient sued his doctor for malpractice and lost. Now 
the doctor is suing the patient; he will, probably, lose, or fail to 
collect. The lawyers are always winners in such suits. 

The Philadelphia health officer had another small-pox scare on 
April 17. Two negroes were down with chicken-pox, according 
to their physician, but the health doctor said it was small-pox. 
Aided by about 80 doctors, policemen, etc., he swooped down 
on the neighborhood and quarantined 118 houses. The Africans 
had not visited these houses, nor their inmates, the domicile of 
the Africans, so the health army was apparently out for practice 

The Prosecutor, of Chicago, is out for the scalps of the "adver- 
tising specialists." It will be $25 to $200 per for all convictions. 
There are other places where this game is played. 

238 Items of General Interest. 

A jury has given a verdict of $10,000 against Dr. Charles E„ 
Still, of Kirksville, Mo. (the Father of Osteopathy?), for break- 
ing several ribs in a patient during ''treatment." 

Drs. David A. Strickler and A. C. Stewart have given up the 
editorial management of Progress, and are succeeded by Dr. 
James Polk Willard. 

The New York Times recently made a great sensation over 
a "lanceheaded viper," at the Bronx Park, Xew York, that had 
been procured by a firm of homoeopathic pharmacists. This 
snake, it was said, furnished "a spoonful" of the "precious, 
serum" for "insanity" and replenished the world's supply of ho- 
moeopathic Lachesis "for fifty years" to come. A week later 
(May 4) the Times editorially said that the affair was a "huge 
joke." Fortunately for the welfare of Homoeopathy, the snake,, 
from which Hering obtained the poison for his proving, is in a. 
perfect state of preservation at the Academy of Natural Sciences^ 
Philadelphia — fortunately, because those who have seen both 
snakes, say they are of an entirely different species. This point 
should be settled beyond question before the poison of the 
Bronx snake is accepted as genuine. Someone told the reporters, 
that the old supply of Lachesis was "exhausted" and "inert ;'" 
this statement displays gross ignorance, or is an intentional mis- 
statement of fact. 

The New York Homoeopathic Medical College and Hospital! 
has established a "Voluntary Fifth Year Course of Clinical Medi- 
cine and Surgery." 

Dr. G. E. Dienst has changed his address from Naperville tc> 
•81 Fox St., Aurora, 111. Dr. Dienst is the author of What to 
Do for the Head, ditto, Stomach, two recent publications hint- 
ing what to do for those regions of the body when they are out o£ 

Two San Francisco druggists have been fined $50 each for 
selling poisons without a prescription. Alternative, 50 days in 
jail. $1.00 a day the value of druggists' time? 

"The Supreme Court (of Illinois) is said to have declared 
that the State law, which makes vaccination compulsory, is il- 
legal." — Journal A. M. A. 

Dr. H. Leonard, of Pomona, Fla., died some weeks ago. 

Items of General Interest. 239 

The senior member of the firm of Otis Clapp & Son, publishers 
and proprietors ( ?) of the new pharmacopoeia, is allotted seven 
pages in the May number of The Hahnemcmnian Monthly, to de- 
fend that work from a few comments that recently appeared in 
the Homoeopathic Recorder. Unfortunately, as at Atlantic City, 
when the first edition of that unfortunate work was discredited, 
he "wells only on what are non-essentials and does not say a w< >rd 
on the real objections to the book. He writes that but two ob- 
jections have been advanced against this pharmacopoeia. The 
first of these is that no mention is made of the preparation of di- 
lutions from the insolubles, and the other, that the new work di- 
rects the preparation of a few drugs by maceration instead of 
from the expressed juice. If these were the only objections to 
the book, there would never have been a serious word raised 
against it. and for the senior member to advance these in the 
pages of a leading journal as the sole reason for the wide-spread 
dissatisfaction with the book for which he stands, evidences an 
obtuseness which we did not believe characterizes him, or a 
weak effort to dodge the real objections to the book. The new 
book claims to be guided by "modern science," and is based on 
the exploded atomic theory. Guided by this theory, it says that 
all traces of the drug disappear at about the 12th centesimal po- 
tency, consequently, the inference must be, the reported provings 
and cures by homoeopathic physicians by drugs from the 12th 
potency upwards are but mere imaginings of enthusiastic and 
visionary individuals. Now we hold that a pharmacopoeia has 
no business to go into the matter at all ; and, further, that modern 
science has already utterly discredited the old atomic theory. 
There are many, very many, more practical objections to the 
book, but let these suffice, and let the reader thoroughlv com- 
prehend the fact that this book means the repudiation of every- 
thing in Homoeopathy that has to do with anything above the 
1 2th centesimal potency. As for Dr. Clapp's assertion that the 
Recorder is animated solely by "sordid commercialism" in this 
matter, we will pass that by. knowing full well that he will some 
day blush at the remembrance of having written anything so ut- 
terly at variance with the truth. 


In biblical times many cases of nervousness were diagnosed ''possessed 
of a devil." 

The greater number of the "new movements" are but little eddys on the 
edges of the big, turbulent stream of life. 

When Pope wrote "Man wants but little here below," the big trusts were 
not in commission. 

We are apt to silently grin when we remember that in the days of 
Nineveh men worried about their future just as we do. 

Man can always find fault when he cannot find anything else. 

"Capital isn't timid," said Binks, "it's too husky a brute for that." 

"I'd like to paint your barn," said the artist. "'Taint wuth it," replied 
the farmer. 

The success of the "four flusher" depends on yourself. 

The artist should never paint rotten fruit. 

Roaster accounts for Solomon'? knowledge by the fact that there wasn't 
so much to know in his day. 

You feel surer of your spelling in "rickets" than in "rachitis." 

"Avoid fear," shout the "nature" whoopers. Wouldn't they make the 
soldiers, though. 

Dr. Kinnett affirms that Natrum mur. 3.x is the remedy for sunstroke. 

Elder reports a case of endoaneurysmorrhaphy. 

To tell a man who has broken through the ice to "keep cool" is needless. 

Binks says he never gets the remittent fever unless a lawyer writes him. 

Monkeys probably regard Darwin as quite clever and the missing link 
man's misfortune. 

A picture of Wall Street in 1644 shows a flock of lambs peacefully repos- 
ing under the trees. 

Xo, child, a rear admiral is not necessarily a laggard in a fight. 

"He's real mean," said little Willie, of his sister's young man. "he won't 
let her have a chair to herself. 

"Elaborately beaded belts are prescribed by fashion." Woman's page. 
Fashion ought to pass the examination board before prescribing. 

M. Grandin has walked over 80,000 miles — and hasn't got there yet. 

Read up on Thlaspi bursa pastoris for uric acid. 

The chatelaine, little camera, reticule or the green baize bag, carried is, 
most likely, but a modern dinner pail. 

How many men honestly believe she is the better half? 

The dilatory man is a veritable Johnny-on-the-spot with an excuse. 

Why is the auto man always in a hurry? He doesn't know why himself. 

The circus men, they say, intend to charge double admission this year 
for trie girl with the hat. 

"People do not dress as much on board as is supposed" is a rather 
ambiguous ocean steamer item. 

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Probably the most of our readers have seen the somewhat sen- 
sational accounts of the extracting of the poison from a lance 
headed viper at the Bronx Park, New York, that have recently 
appeared in the newspapers, some of them giving the matter a 
full page, with elaborate illustrations. 

The only point of vital interest to homoeopathic physicians in 
the affair is to determine the question : Is the poison extracted 
the same as that from which the provings of LacJicsis were made? 
If it is. we have a new supply of Lachesis, while, if it is not, the 
fact should be known to all physicians. After a very careful in- 
vestigation, the Recorder is prepared to announce that the new 
Lachesis is not the true Lachesis of our provings. 

If one were to attempt to settle this question from books, he 
would soon be lost in a maze, for the truth is that our pharma- 
copoeias, materia medicas and authorities generally sadly mix 
things when it comes to Lachesis, a purely fanciful name, as Dr. 
Fornias points out, derived from Greek mythology. Fortunately 
for Homoeopathy, the question can easily be settled beyond dis- 
pute. The snake from which Hering obtained the poison used 
in his proving of the remedy known in Homoeopathy as Lachesis 
is at the Academy of Natural Sciences, of Philadelphia, in a per- 
fect state of preservation. A simple comparison of it with the 
snake at the Bronx Park settles the matter very conclusively for 
anyone who sees them, for, regardless of names, the two snakes 
are of a different species. There is another Lachesis snake at 
the Academy, one at Hahnemann College, Philadelphia, and one 
in possession of Boericke & Tafel, and any one can see that these 
four are the same, and different from the snake at the Bronx. 

2_|2 The New Lachesis vs. the True Lachesis. 

One can really make the comparison at the Academy, for they 
have a lance-headed viper there on the shelf with the Lachesis 
mutus of Hering. 

Here is further incontestible proof in the matter. The original 
snake at the Academy of Natural Sciences is a very large one, 
and is labeled in Dr. Hering's own hand writing, as follows : 
Lachesis Mutus Daud 

Surinam Dr. Hering. 

Now, bearing this in mind, read the following from the pen of 
Mr. Ditmars, curator of the Bronx Zoological Park, which ap- 
peared in the N. Y. Journal, May 17th — just here we should add 
that Mr. Ditmars has been strictly accurate in all his statements, 
and none of the error in the matter is due to anything he has 
said or written : 

"While the lance-headed snake," he writes in the Journal, "is 
one of the most deadly serpents of the New World, having 
enormously developed fangs in proportion to its size, it is not, 
as has been stated, the most deadly of all serpents, although its 
bite is usually fatal. The mapapire, scientifically known as 
Lachesis Mutus, and occasionally called the bushmaster, inhabits 
much the same country and grows to a greater size." 

Mr. Ditmars here states that the lance-headed snake at the 
Bronx Park is not the Lachesis Mutus, and that ought to settle 
all controversy in the matter. 

There remains, however, the evidence of sight, and as few 
readers are in a position to compare the two snakes, we have here 
reproduced pictures of both. 

That of the Lachesis Mutus was painted by H. Faber, at the 
request of Dr. Hering, and the original hangs on the walls of 
Hahnemann College, Philadelphia. Mr. Faber drew the greater 
part of the illustrations in the recently published work, Piersol's 
Anatomy, which fact vouches for his ability as an artist. 

The illustration of the lance-headed viper, is taken from life — 
from the snake at the Bronx Zoological Park. The reader can 
compare the two and draw his own conclusions. Lnfortunately, 
these pictures do not give a proper idea of the relative size of 
the two reptiles. The Lachesis Mutus is very much larger than 
the lance-head. 

The error of confusing the lance-headed viper with the 

Lachesis. 243 

Lachesis Mutus, probably arose from the fact that there are many 
species of the Lachesis family, and among these is the lance- 
headed viper, but a St. Bernard and a terrier are both of the dog 
family, yet no one would think of substituting the one for the 
other. Please understand that we make no charge of deliberate 
substitution here, believing that it was solely due to error, an 
error that might have proved very detrimental to Homoeopathy 
had it not been discovered. 

In some quarters it has been stated that the supply of Lachesis 
is about exhausted and what remains is inert. We can state that 
the supply of the 6th potency is ample, and that there is plenty of 
the lower triturations on hand. The 6x is the lowest sold. As to 
its having become "inert'' any physician who prescribes the drug 
knows that it is not only not inert but fully as active as ever. In 
fact, some men go so far as to contend that the properly made and 
potentized homoeopathic drug, if anything, rather improves with 


The following letter from Dr. Fornias to Messrs. Boericke & 
Tafel speaks for itself: 
Mf.ssrs. Boericke & Tafel. 

Gentlemen: — I was just engaged in the preparation of a paper 
on the ''Snake-poisons/' when, to my surprise, I learned, from 
the daily press of this city, that a successful extraction of poison 
had been made, from a lanee-Jiead viper, in the Bronx Park 
Zoological Garden, Xew York ; and you can well understand 
how such an event has stirred up the homoeopathic profession, 
which, naturally, wishes to have some information as to the 
geographical origin and species of the snake employed, as well as 
to the pathogenic character of venom obtained. 

I appeal to you, in the name of several friends, in the hope 
that you may be able to furnish the information desired, but, 
principally, because it is your house, which, for years, has sup- 
plied me with remedies, and among them Lachesis, a drug I hold 
in great esteem, especially to combat mental and circulatory dis- 
orders connected with the menopause. 

In expressing this legitimate wish, however, permit me to state 
that it would be very desirable to particularly find out, whether 

244 Lachesis. 

the serpent brought from Brazil and experimented upon is, or 
not, of the same species as the one from which Dr. Hering ob- 
tained the venom for his proving Moreover, I cannot further 
speak of this subject without remarking, that while the patho- 
genesis of the venom, employed by Hering, is recorded in our 
materia medica under the name of Lachesis, no work on Zo- 
ology, I am acquainted with, gives any variety of Crotalidce, 
Elapsidcc or Vipc rider, under such a name, and as to Trigono- 
cephalns, the term simply implies, triangular shape of the fore- 
head. Hence, I sincerely believe that our illustrious Hering, for 
some reason or other, applied this mythical name to the Brazilian 
Viper, as a striking, descriptive term, for Lachesis in Mythology 
really means one of the three goddesses (Parcce), who were sup- 
posed to preside over accidents and events, and to determine the 
date and period of human life. They were called Atropos, 
Clotho, and Lachesis, and are variously represented — sometimes 
as spinning the thread of human life ; in which employment 
Clotho held the distaff, Lachesis turned the wheel, and Atropos cut 
the thread. And yet I have notes from an old dictionary, which 
refer to Lachesis Rhombeata (Flammon) as a poisonous ser- 
pent, common in the lower forests of Peru ; as well as to Lachesis 
Picta (Tschudi), an arrow-poison, said to be composed of the 
poison capsicum, and infusions of a strong kind of tobacco, and 
of euphorbiaceae, mixed together with the poisonous emmet, and 
the teeth of the formidable serpent, called by Peruvian Indians 
Miuamani, or ] ergon. May not this be the origin of the name of 
Hering's remedy? I have read also in a medical dictionary, that 
our remedy, Lachesis, is derived from the Lachesis mutus, a 
South American serpent (Sclenoglyphe of Guiana). 

Important would be also to know whether Lachesis belongs 
to the family Crotalidce, Elapsidcc or Viperidce. The first, from 
the Greek Krotalon, a rattle, is the family of the Rattlesnakes, 
and comprises some of the most deadly poisonous serpents, whose 
upper jaw contains but few teeth, but is armed with sharp- 
pointed, perforated, or grooved, movable poison-fangs. In this 
species the fangs are concealed in. a fold of the gum, or raised, 
at the will of the animal. They connect with a gland situated 
near the eye, which furnishes the fluid poison. When the snake 
bites, the fangs are raised, and the pressure of the temporal mus- 
cle upon the gland forces the poison along the fang into the 

Laches is. 245 

wound. The Crotalidcc have a deep pit between the eye and the 
nostril, and the rattlesnakes proper have the tail furnished with a 
rattle, with which they make a noise when they apprehend danger. 
The family Elapidcc, comprises venomous snakes which have 
fixed and permanently erect fangs; while the family Viperidce 
is distinguished by having the upper jaw toothless, but with mov- 
able fangs in front, no pit between the nostrils and eyes, the 
scales generally keeled and the tail short and tapering. It is 
claimed by some that no species of Vipera has been found in 
America. To this family belong the Common Viper of Europe; 
the Homed Viper, or Cerastes, of North Africa and West of Asia, 
repulsive in appearance, and which carries a pair of horns on 
the snout, from which its name is derived; the Puff Adder, of 
Africa, and the Death Adder of Australia (Acanthoptus tortor), 
which differs from most of the Viperidce, in not having the scales 
keeled. It is also known in Australia as the Black Snake, and it 
has two poison-fangs on each upper jaw, and its tail ends in a 
small recurved spine ; its bite is said to be sometimes fatal in a 
quarter of an hour. The Viperidce are more numerous in warm 
climates, in which also their bite is said to be more deadly than 
in colder ones. 

In distinguishing species of serpents, it should, likewise, be 
remembered that some are oviparous, and of those some deposit 
their eggs in a sort of chain, leaving them to be hatched in a 
warm situation ; others like the Pythons, incubate their eggs ; and 
still others are vivi parous, their eggs being hatched inside their 
bodies. In this analytic study, however, we should not include 
the Boidce (Boa-family), which have both jaws armed with teeth, 
and rudiments of hind legs, or spur-like appendages ; neither the 
Calubridcc, serpents having both jaws fully provided with sharp 
teeth, directed backwards, but without poisonous fangs ; nor the 
Hydro phidcr, sea-snakes of small size, which inhabit the warm 
parts of the Indian and Pacific oceans, and the streams of the 
East Indies, and are very venomous. 

And, finally, I would highly appreciate any information 
you could give me about the Bothrops laxceolatus, a remedy 
of which Dr. Farrington speaks in his Clinical Materia Medica, 
and, which is said to cause aphasic symptoms. 

Edward Forxias, M. D. 

706 W. York St., Philadelphia, May 6, 1908. 

246 Lachesis. 

P. S. — Since my letter of the 6th inst., asking you for informa- 
tion about Lachesis, I have had access to "Dr. Brelim's Thier- 
leben Allgemeine Kunde des Thierreichs/' Leipzig, 1883. In 
this excellent work we find the name of Lachesis applied to 
various species of the Ophidia. On page 478, this authority 
speaks of Coluber Lachesis or Vipera inflata, and on page 510, 
of Lachesis aIuta. or Lachesis rhombeata. But here, as in 
other works on Zoology, we find the same confusion about the 
names of the different species of serpents. For instance, while 
the French give the names of Lachesis to Crotalus Mutus, a 
solcnoglyphc of Guiana, and Lachesis rhombeata to Flammon, 
a poisonous serpent common in the lower forests of Peru, the 
Germans describe the Crotalus Mutus under the name of 
Lachesis Muta, Lachesis rhombeata, Bothrops surucuco, 
Scytale ammodytcs, Cophias Surucuco and Crotalinus. But 
neither the Bothrops lanceolatus (Coluber glaucus and 
Megaera, Vipera coerulcscens, Trigonocephalus, Cophias and 
Craspedocephalus lanceolatus) , a native of West Indes and Cen- 
tral America, Brazil, which is from 2.5 to 3 metres long, and of 
the thickness of a man's arm ; nor the Bothrops brasiliexsis 
(Brazil vipera, Cophias Iararaca, Bothrops Megaera, furia, leu- 
eostigma and anihigua, Trigonocephalies Iararaca, Craspedo- 
cephalus brasilieusis ) , which is about half the size of the former, 
are of the same species of Lachesis Muta or rhombeata, also 
called Bothrops Surucucu, which is a crotalidce, and I think 
the Lachesis of Hering. 

Dr. Brehm also describes another species of lance-head Both- 
rops, under the name of Labaria (Bothrops atrox; Coluber, 
Vipera,, Cophias and Trigonocephalies atrox, and Bothrops dirus, 
principally native of Guiana, and which, like all Bothrops, are 
not provided with rattle. 

For our purpose, it is unnecessary to go any farther, it suf- 
fices to repeat that the name of Lachesis is of mystical, if not 
of obscure origin, and that Dr. Brehm is the only authority I 
know, who speaks of the "Lachesis Schlangen" (Lachesis) as 
a species of the ''Stum me Klapperschlangen" (Crotalus 
Mutus), which he holds as the terrible monster of the Deutch- 


Serum Therapy. 247 

(The Lachesis of Hering was obtained by him in Dutch 
Guiana from the "terrible monster" described by Brehm, a very 
different reptile from the lance-headed viper. — Editor of the Ho- 
moeopathic Recorder.) 

Eric Graf von der Goltz, M. D. 

If any one will take the time to scan over the three volumes of 
J. H. Clark's Dictionary of Materia Medica he will find all that on 
record which at the present time fills the allopathic press as the 
newest gain of scientific researches. But it must be said that the 
statements of those old records show a greater clearness, a more 
simple language than the editorials and original articles. 

The reader must recognize easily an old acquaintance in this 
opsonic treatment — isopathy, well known since Hahnemann's 
time in 1833. 

The writer cannot help but suspect when contemplating 
Wright's opsonic theory and its manifold bacterial vaccines to 
have before him nothing else than a great analogue to the teach- 
ings of isopathy since the first beginnings with the English phy- 
sician, Fudd, dead since over 200 years, with his fundamental 
teaching: "Sputum ejectum a pulmonibus post debitam prsepara- 
tionem curat Phthisim," and later Lux, Swan, Burnett and 

It must be said suspiciously analogous, as the thought cannot 
be put off, that the whole teachings of the opsonics should have 
arisen absolutely independently and without any possible knowl- 
edge of the experiments and observations of all the isopathists. 

The wonderful mathematical congruency between the opsonic 
theory and isopathy can even be followed further. 

Xot only is isopathy used in its remedies according to its name, 
but isopathic remedies are successfully used in different diseases 
w^ith the theoretical consideration of possible constitutional taint, 

Exactly in the same line of arguing we observe the different 
allopathic writers publishing, xfor instance, the following essays : 

1. Treatment of Pertussis With Diphtheria Antitoxin, by \Y. 
H. Deardorff, February, '08, American Medicine. 

248 Scrum Therapy. 

2. Treatment of Asthma With Diphtheria Antitoxin With 
Fatal Case, by P. N. Willis, March, '08, Northwest Medicine, 
Seattle, Washington. 

The writer could easily, if hunting through any index medicus, 
amplify at will those articles treating the application of the differ- 
ent serums for setiologically most different diseases. 

The opsonic and general vaccine treatment at the present time 
has its great drawbacks, and one especially, the great danger. 

Every reader knows the great danger of sudden death after 
antitoxin injection, so more appalling if used as a prophylactic 
treatment in the office of the family physician. 

Every unbiased reader must concur in the opinion that a treat- 
ment that should guard against a dangerous disease should under 
all conditions be free from being liable to deal unsuspectedly the 
death blow. > 

Such a remedy must be judged worse than the possible disease. 

The sudden death till to-day after antitoxin injection after few 
minutes has been the cause of a considerable literature filled with 
conjectures, but without giving the least possible cause; one of 
the latest of such a publication is contained in the March issue of 
the Carolina Medical Journal, 1908, Charlotte, by Dr. T. F. Pat- 
terson, New Bern, N. C. — An attempted explanation of sudden 
death subsequent to injection of antitoxin. 

The writer especially lays stress in the present paper on the 
fact that in all those years, since antitoxin (diphtheria), with all 
improvements of preparation, this sudden death neither has been 
eliminated nor understood and satisfactorily explained. A second 
grave danger of those sera (as also known from different dis- 
asters with antitoxin) has lately been warned against by Dr. 
Theobald Smith, of Boston, Mass., in an article in Journal A. M. 
A., Vol. 50, No. 12 — Some neglected facts in the biology of the 
tetanus bacillus ; their bearing on the safety of the so-called bi- 
ologic products. The essence of this article being that there 
practically up-to-date does not exist any reliable safeguarding in 
the manipulation in the laboratories against tetanus bacillus in 
animalized lymphs. 

The third drawback, especially in regard to the opsonic treat- 
ment, is of minor gravity, and has been argued in the British 
Medical Journal March 14, '08. by Dr. West, of London, that 

Serum Therapy. 249 

these individual toxins ean be used only in chronic cases, as, for 
instance, in cases of pneumonia and other acute diseases it would 
take too long to prepare the sera — "the patient cither had been 
convalescent or died." 

To be enthusiastic is one of the greatest blessings of life, but 
to be over-enthusiastic is decidedly wrong; the continuously go- 
ing on of the congratulatory Chinese handshaking with them- 
selves as done by the allopathic (scientific!) press and its spokes- 
men and leaders has not only become monotonous, but must be 
regarded skeptically as 'an alarming symptom of impending catas- 
trophe — the bursting of a so long guarded and hedged soap 
bubble — the germ theory with ks different branches of a more or 
less lucrative industry, the commercial output of all those sera, 
recommended and advertised in nearly all medical papers. 

It is characteristic if suddenly in this prolific age of sera and 
antitoxins an allopathic physician writes as Dr. Herbert Snow, 
of London : "It has become evident that there are numerous facts 
throwing grave suspicion on the whole germ theory and dis- 
crediting the virulent properties ascribed to the micro-organisms 
identified with various diseases." 

The paradoxical behaviour between infectious diseases and the 
finding of the germ, as the causal moment for the infection, shows 
clearly that the whole teaching must have somewhere a weak 

The whole structure of the serum treatment, therefore, seems to 
be in danger of collapsing. 

The reader especially must be referred to on editorial in the 
New York Medical Record, Vol. 62, No. 9 (August 30, 1902), 
coming to the same ©pinion held by the late Schuessler in 1897, to 
have hi the dreaded germ rather the result than the immediate 
cause of the disease. 

This was argued by English physicians in India shortly after 
Dr. Koch had isolated and charged the comma bacillus as the 
cause of cholera. This must be absolutely the reason of all nega- 
tive results regarding all researches so lately the Lancet, London, 
April 4, '08, "Bacteriology of Scarlet Fever," by H. Kerr, unable 
to claim anything specially as the agent of infection. 

This manner in finding the specific agent, but on the other side, 
in the eyes of the writer of the present paper, must be received as 

250 Serum Therapy. 

the proof of the isopathic side of the infectious diseases, and of 
the products of the infectious diseases. 

The sera must not be cultures of more or less fancifully iso- 
lated germs, but must be as done by the isopathists, the unchang- 
ed product in more or less potentized form, following the rational 
explanation of the chemical law of the minimum of the recog- 
nized chemist, Justus V. Liebig (Chem. Letters, Vol. II., p. 295). 

This isopathic side to the question called formally genius 
epidemicus. is a true and simple explanation that one sera (diph- 
theria) is to the present day nearly the only serum to be called 
effective, where nearly all other antitoxins have proved to be with 
few exceptions failures. 

We must say that the isolated culture of the diphtheria germ 
was not able to destroy the isopathic affinity (the genius epidemi- 
cus of the diphtheria), and that this isolation (Bein-culture) of 
all other germs so far was deleterious to the genius epidemicus of 
the individual sera with few exceptions, in which exception this 
isopathic property was too strong. 

It must be mentioned in reference to the great cures of diph- 
theria antitoxin that many cases of simple tonsillitis folhcularis 
have been pronounced diphtheria without the least truth, and then 
that the antitoxin, at best not harming the patient, was accredited 
with unmerited result. 

Incidentally, the controversy between the Xew York Times 
and Dr. Mills, of the Horn. Co. Soc, the contentino of the Xew 
York Times must be refuted as erroneous and false. 

The two reasons that the New York Times's editorial regard- 
ing the snake poison if taken per os is wrong, are first the letter 
written by Dr. H. Pratt, from the laboratory of the Board of 
Health, and in second line the following citation from a publica- 
tion in the International Medical Journal, of Australia, Mel- 
bourne, February, 1908, by D. M. Paton, "New Generalization in 
Serum Therapy." 

The interesting passage reads : "Give by rectum or by mouth 
they act on all tissues physiologically in normal serum with in- 
creased power on tissues which have been pathologically affected." 
. . . It is, therefore, evident that the New York Times in 
claiming that snake poison per os was so innocent like egg 
albumen was erroneous. The Xew York Times editor or anonv- 

Homoeopathy vs. Homoeopathy.. 2$i 

mous writer should himself try the internal use of Lachesis [by 
the way not at all C. Hering's Lachesis] in the form according to 
the once already mentioned law of the minimum, to find out the 
truth ! 

This ignorance of a layman cannot be accepted as an ex- 
cuse for the behaviour of Dr. M orris. 

To use abusive language instead of weighty arguments proves 
only to have no arguments, and, therefore, to be filled with im- 
potent hatred and malignancy. O si tacuisses. . . . 

New York, 242 East J2d Street. 


Editor of the Hom-oeopathic Recorder: 

In perusing the latest copy of the Century am confronted with a 
paper forcefully presenting the query, "What's the matter with 
Homoeopathy?" in which the author states as a fact that Ho- 
moeopathy is all right, "the matter lies with us," he declares. 

This is all well and good, but do we, the practitioners, not repre- 
sent the system to the laity? and if we fail, does not the system 
fail, when the flag is furled the nation dies, when the rulers 
capitulate what becomes of the rank and file? 

To all intents and purposes, so far as the progress of Ho- 
moeopathy is concerned, when the practitioner fails the system 
fails, and that family rightly so considers it, and when the ''Little 
Pills" sends a prescription to the drug store for iodalbin, or an- 
acorcin, or sanmetto, or vapo-cresoline, all of which I find ad- 
vertised in the current number of the Medical Century, what can 
the family think except that there is no difference between the 
allopath and the homoeopath? And the homoeopath gladly toys 
with his hypo, and talks learnedly of a heart tonic, and uses 
plasters and liniments and lotions by the score, yet he wonders 
why the people do not flock to him, and students try to be allowed 
the privilege of sitting at his feet. 

Pshaw ! Scan the catalogues of our pharmacies and note the 
increasing number of compound tablets on the market, read the 
advertising pages of many of our magazines and see the number 
of nostrums there set forth. 

Homoeopathy is afflicted with senile gangrene. It is dying of 

252 Homoeopathy vs. Homoeopathy. 

dry rot, the leaders are surrendering and the banner is being 
trailed in the mire. 
For shame ! 

If I were possessed of the pen of my old professor, Dr. Wilson, 
it should write such a screed as would set Homoeopathy on fire 
and arouse its adherents to a sense of duty. Why, men, the nation 
is crying for relief from Oslerism and therapeutic nihilism ; it 
needs homoeopathic prescribing at the hands of a master, it is ripe 
for a therapeutic revolution, and we are dying as a direct result 
of thrombotic processes in our colleges. The life blood of Ho- 
moeopathy is its materia medica pura, hinder its circulation and we 
have no excuse for living. 

"We have a name to live, but art dead." During the session 
of i893-'94 the following prescriptions were placed on the board 
for the enlightenment and edification of benighted students in one 
of the colleges in Cleveland, O. It is taken from a note-book I 
still ruminate over occasionally : 

5. Carbol. ac. grs. x. 

Ol. Cach. 3ss. 

Ung. sulph. 3j. 

M. S. For erysipelas. 
Here is another by the same teacher : 
]J. Tr. rhus tox. 

Tr. canthar. aa gss. 

Aqua pint 3. 

M. Sig. Apply on hot cloths. 
Another professor presented us this : 

I>. Ac. salicyli. scruple j. 

Amyl. gss. 

Pulv. talci. gijss. 

M. S. Hyperidronis. 
Still another gave this : 

IJ. Carbol. ac. 5j. 

Tr. iodine 5j. 

Acidi tannic 5 


Fiat ung. 



And I could continue this throughout my clinical record of that 

Reply to "Dr. JVanstall and Homoeopathy." 253 

Now comes a prominent professor of clinical medicine and 
therapeutics with an article detailing five cures with iodalbin. 
Did Hahnemann, or Hering, or Dunham ever find it necessary to 
resort to such "drugs"? Did either of them ever exploit such a 
remedy as saxanite? 

If the blind lead the blind do they not both fall into the ditch? 
The students are blind, how about the teachers ? 

If the teacher is apologetic can the taught be enthusiastic? 

The time was when our system encountered active opposi- 
tion. It is still so in rural communities, particularly in the South. 
Men were antagonized and ostracized, the homoeopath was iso- 
lated, and made to fight manfully for the faith that was in him, 
and he delivered the goods. Xow we are opposed by a system of 
benevolent assimilation whereby we are being enveloped in a coat 
of slime preparatory to being swallowed whole by our friends the 
enemy, and not a struggle appears against the process, the froth- 
ings and slobberings are seemingly enjoyed, and I doubt not the 
little souls will be happy to be counted a member of the great 
A. M. A. and wear a button as insignia of their slavery. 

"And there were giants in those days." 

"Backward, turn backward, O time in your flight," and give us 
just a giant or two. 

Vine Grove, Ky. 

O. F. Miller. M. D. 


Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder: 

Touching your editorial in the April number on "Dr. Wanstall 
and Homoeopathy," permit me to say a word. I gratefully ac- 
knowledge your appreciation of the motive of my article. You 
ask, anent, my "history will write down sooner or later what is 
the truth." "What is truth?" and continue : "A question that has 
caused more bloodshed than any other in this world, but has never 
been 'scientifically' answered." While one may not be able to say 
that this or that is true, there can be no question whatever as to 
"what is truth." "What is truth" has caused no bloodshed, and is 
answered "scientifically" daily, hourly, minutely ; but what is true 
or what is not true is an altogether different question. Truth is 
fact, and fact is truth. 

254 Reply to "Dr. Wanstall and Homoeopathy.'' 

You say "each of Dr. Wanstall's arguments advanced to sup- 
port his conviction could be answered by arguments, equally valid, 
in support of the opposing conviction." It would be interesting to 
have the counter arguments in detail, if they have not been al- 
ready considered in my original article. 

Regarding my statement, "we do not know how drugs cure dis- 
ease," you say, "very true ; neither do we know how the sun 
shines, or how gravitation acts," etc., and to which I reply, but the 
sun always shines and gravitation is always acting, both are facts 
and are the truth so far as concerns themselves, although I can 
imagine a child in fact and one in intellect disputing both proposi- 
tions in the case of a fog or a ballooH. You go on to say, "We 
know that drugs act on disease," etc. Would it not be nearer 
"truth" (fact) if we were to say, we know that drugs act on per- 
sons in health, and that they also act on persons in disease, and 
that such action may be made useful to persons in disease ? And 
even if it could be conceded that drugs act on disease, between 
the words "act" and "cure" there is still a gap, which may be so 
narrow as to be crossed in a stride or so wide as to be absolutely 
impassable. That drugs cure disease is in no wise an established 
fact (truth), although it may be freely conceded that drugs con- 
tribute to the recovery from disease. 

Regarding the question of dynamization you ask: "And why 
should it repel investigators?" Then you say, "The facts of 
radium and the X-rays have led many men, of late, not homoeo- 
paths, to believe there is something more in dynamization than 
what Dr. Wanstall terms "transcendentalism.' ' You can hardh 
mean that the facts of radium and the X-rays have led "many 
men," not hornceopathists, to believe in "dynamization," as that 
word is understood in homoeopath}-; and yet if you don't mean 
this the sentence means nothing. There is nothing dynamic about 
the X-rays in the sense of "dynamization" as understood in ho- 
moeopathy ; and however wonderful are the emanations from 
radium, the radium is there. Do those who are familiar with the 
phenomena of radium and the X-rays believe their properties are 
common to all other substances in nature? And what are the 
special therapeutic facts of radium and the X-rays justifying the 
broad generalization in substantiating the truth of "dynamiza- 
tion", and its clinical utility as understood in Homoeopathy? 

Reply to "Dr. Wanstall and Homoeopathy." 255 

Supposing the Austrian pro vers were right when they were 
convinced, in the case of salt, that dynamization was a very po- 
tent fact, does this establish the same potent fact for all other 
substances? If it is a fact it must have had a beginning, a rise, a 
maximum and a decline, and if the main fact was established, it 
does not seem possible that its cardinal points should not have 
been established also. Or has it no beginning, no maximum 
and no limit as seems to be the theoretic idea of "dynamization" 
homoeopathically considered ? 

Is what is supposed to be true of salt true of opium also? If a 
quarter of a grain of morphine (hypodermatically) is a maximum 
therapeutic dose for an individual weighing one hundred and 
fifty pounds, it is a truism (due allowance being made for the 
susceptibilities of age and individuality), that one-half a grain 
would bear practically the same relation to a person weighing 
three hundred pounds, and one-eighth of a grain to one of seventy- 
five. What objective or subjective evidence is there to justify the 
assumption that dilution or trituration develops something else 
in this substance to which the term "dynamization" is applicable? 
Do we know two actions of morphine, one material and the other 
"dynamic?" Or does the action of morphine diminish pari passu 
with the diminished dose ? The action we do know as a maximum 
dose is as 1 4,61 7,600. 

Are man's actions and reactions limited or not? Are there not 
heat rays and light vibrations to which he does not respond, to 
which he is immune? Every drop of water we drink, and even- 
cubic foot of air we breathe may be supposed to contain endless 
unidentifiable "dynamizations" to which we are immune. It is a 
favorite illustration to bring forward the fact that certain re- 
puted insoluble metals can render water toxic to certain vege- 
table micro-organisms as proving the existence and therapeutic 
action on Jiian. "dynamizations" homoeopathically considered. If 
we cannot prove our law with our own science certainly we can- 
not with another's. What is one man's bread may be another's 
poison is an old enough maxim to. at least, accustom us to the 
thought that one form of life may be quite immune to influences 
that are detrimental to another. 

I do not understand why the term "rational medicine" is "what 
might be termed borrowed plumage." "Rational. 1. Possessing 

256 Reply to "Dr. Wanstall and Homoeopathy/' 

the faculty of reasoning. 2. Conformable to reason ; reasonable : 
judicious. 3. Pertaining to reason; attained by reasoning. 4. 
Pertaining to rationalism." The "coal tar things, the serum and 
the rest," according to the individual instance, may be more or 
may be less rational than the similimum. When I use the word 
rational I use it in its broad sense, and not as pertaining to a par- 
ticular school of medicine. Similarity is rational when considered 
as a mode of procedure, irrational when considered as nature's 
law for the cure of disease. 

Regarding the question, "What is a charter from God?" the 
answer is obvious, it is a figure of speech. The following sentence 
I don't understand. "When 'rational medicine' comes to one in 
that form (in the form of 'a charter from God' ( ?) ) there is 
nothing left for one to do but to look on in silence, for part of it is 
self-evident, and part of it is an assumption of knowledge of 
Divine intention that goes further than anything ever advanced 
by the most enthusiastic Hahnemannians." One of the gentlemen 
replying to my original article believes that in order to cure every 
patient with mathematical certainty, it would be only necessary to 
have perfect pathogeneses of every possible drug substance and a 
corresponding power to elicit symptoms. But he subsequently 
says : "Such wisdom is only possible with God." Although this is 
only a figure of speech, it implicitly implies a God given law, 
whose intentions we are feebly following in our man-like way. 
This gentleman is not even an "enthusiastic Hahnemannian." I 
shall not soon forget his pathetic plea at Atlantic City, in 1906, 
to the users of the so-called "dynamization" to at least adopt a 
rational. nomenclature if they would not adopt a rational dilution, 
and the naive reply of one of them that his clinical results with 
the "dynamizations" whose nomenclature could not be rational- 
ized were better than with those that are what they purport to be. 

A. Wanstall, M. D. 

Baltimore, 31 d. 


In that veritable store house of interesting things, Sharp's 
Traets, we find the following, clipped from Baden Powell's "His- 
tory of Natural Philosophy," anent the discovery of the satellites 
of Jupiter, by Galileo with his new telescope, which made so much 
stir at the time among the orthodox scientists, and their reasons 
for not accepting anything so scandalous. 

Gleaned Therapeutic Pointers. 257 

"The principal professor of philosophy at Padua (in which 
university Galileo was also a professor) pertinaciously refused to 
look through the telescope. Another pointedly observed that we 
are not to suppose that Jupiter had four satellites given him for 
the purpose of immortalizing the Medici (Galileo having called 
them the Medicean stars). A German, named Horky, suggested 
that the telescope, though accurate for terrestrial objects, was not 
true for the sky. He published a treatise discussing the four new 
planets as they were called ; what they are ? why they are ? and 
what they are like? concluding with attributing their alleged ex- 
istence to Galileo's thirst of gold.'' 

It may be that The Recorder is refusing to look through its 
friend Dr. YVanstall's telescope, or the reverse. Each is positive 
that the other is laboring under error — so let it go at that. — 
Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder. 


Dr. W. E. Kinnett says that Kali muriaticum given in apendi- 
citis will prevent suppuration and otherwise greatly aid the case. 

Dr. H. C. Allen says that Malaria off. seems to hold the same 
relation to suppressed chronic malaria that Cinchcua does to 
acute. Full account as far as known in New, Old and Forgotten 
Remedies. It is a sort of malarial Pyrogcnium. 

Kraft points out the fact that Arnica and Lachesis are both 
blue remedies, but the blueness of Arnica is from a very different 
cause from that of Lachesis. 

Dr. C. YVesselhceft reports infant of nine months affected with 
a sort of laryngitis, awakening almost suffocated, cured by Sam- 


Dr. Bodman reports case of spasmodic dysmenorrhcea, griping 
pains after causing fainting, apparently permanently cured by 
Pulsatilla 30. 

Dr. Day reports case of albuminuria in a two-year-old boy 
cured by Plumbum 12. (The 12th is the extreme limit sanctioned 
by the new H. P. U. S.) 

"Scald head," with yellow crusts and discharges, is a condi- 

258 Hull's Jahr. 

tion for which Calcarca sulph. is prescribed by those who believe 
in the tissue remedies. 

Dr. Thomas S. Blair says that unless Phytolacca decandra is 
prepared from the fresh roots it has no "particular therapeutic 

In orchitis, inflammation of the testicles, Phytolacca is a rem- 
edy to be considered. 

Dr. A. E. Ibershoff {Med. and Sur. Rep.) gives three cases of 
ringing, noises in the ear that always followed the eating of grape 
fruit. It has a popular repute in the South as a remedy for 

Dr. Harvey Bodman (Monthly Homoeopathic Review) reports 
a case of facial paralysis with symptoms that was cured with 
Silica 30. 

Sanguinaria canadensis nitricum was twice used with good 
effect by Dr. Kopp in seminal effusion after onany with simul- 
taneous cold ablutions of the sexual parts. 

According to Dr. Noack, in Lyon, Berberis vulgaris is ativost 
a specific in Hat warts. The most effective dose seems to be the 
first decimal potency. — Le Propagateur de V Homoeopathic. 


Nearly all the older practitioners of Homoeopathy are familiar 
with this fine work, but later generations impelled by the idea that 
newer works must be better have neglected it much to their own 
loss, for it may be safely asserted that there is not to-day a ho- 
moeopathic book extant that is its equal in giving one a better in- 
sight into the true nature, scope and use of the remedies than this 
"Hull's Jahr: Snelling." 

The book is in plates, and how many editions have been printed 
no man knows. This year, 1908, the publishers reprinted it 
again, but changing the date on the title page was overlooked, 
and the title page bears the date of a previous reprint, 1898. The 
book was first printed in i860, and no changes have been made in 
it since. It was originally the production of Jahr, then Ameri- 
canized (so to speak) by Hull, and finally revised and enlarged 
by Snelling, aided by Hempel, Gray and others. 

Hull's Jahr. 259 

It is a curious book, full of lore unknown, probably, to many of 
the men of to-day, yet if any man wants to write a paper on any 
of our remedies that is out of the usual rut (the paper, that is), 
and one that will command attention, he would do well, he could 
not do better, in fact, than to turn to Hull's Jahr for his facts and 
general data. 

Take that, perhaps, mightiest of remedies. Aconite. "Hull's 
Jahr"' begins, with the usual small type matter, on page 55, and 
ends on page 85. Up to page 75 the space is devoted to a general 
consideration of Aconite in all its phases and actions, drawn from 
all sources and then from page J$ to end follows the symptom- 
atology of the drug carefully given and differentiated with italics 
and asterisks. The first part embraces the "Rationale of its Ac- 
tion." "Secondary or Reactive Stage of the Aconite Disease," 
"General Effects on the Nervous System." "Muscular System," 
"Vascular System." "Venous System." "Lymphatic System,'' 
"Toxicology." "Hahnemann," "Hartman," and many other au- 
thorities, then the various diseases and other matter, and finally 
the materia medica. "When one has gone over all this he knows 
something about Aconite. 

Xot all the remedies, to be sure, are treated in this full manner, 
but each is handled in a way that holds the attention of the reader. 
Take as an example the following from Anacardiuw: 

"Xoack and Trinks. — 'The confectio-anacardina sui sapien- 
tium' has been celebrated as a distinguished remedy against weak- 
ness of mind, memory and the senses. Nevertheless, R. A. 
Yogel (Hist. [Materia Med., p. 276) remarks: That Caspar Hoff- 
man has called this confection of the wise a confection of fools, 
because many had lost their memory, and had become mad on ac- 
count of using it too often and inconsiderately.'' Hence it is only 
the improper and too frequent use of Anacardium that made it 
hurtful ; if applied correctly, it becomes curative. 

In this we get a glimpse of our "loss of memory" symptom. 

Take again this under Argcntum nitriann. by Dr. John F. 
Gray: "Epilepsies produced by moral causes (such as, for ex- 
ample, very impassioned lay preaching ) and promptly and dur- 
ably cured by a few small doses of this drug, whilst those pro- 
ceeding from abdominal irritation, independently of moral causes, 
are. at best, but poorly palliated by very large and frequently re- 
peated doses.'' Dr. Gray contends here that the drug uses is 

260 Hull's Tahr. 

peculiarly "confined to diseases originating from moral causes," 
7. c, the brain, but we cannot go into it at length here. 

The preliminary to Arnica is peculiarly interesting, but can- 
not be quoted, being too long. Hahnemann says it "is an indis- 
pensable intermediate remedy in most inveterate chronic dis- 

Under Arsenicum alb. the greater part of the symptoms are 
preceded by asterisk. *, which means that the symptom has been 
verified at the bedside. This sign holds throughout the book, and 
adds greatly to its value to the practitioner. Some remedies have 
no asterisks to their symptomatology 

Probably every one knows, "according to Hahnemann," Cal- 
carea carb. is indispensable when the menses appear too soon and 
are too profuse, whereas Calcarca is almost always prejudicial 
when the menses appear at or after the proper time." 

Calendula off. is not dignified by asterisks but one of its ''Char- 
acteristic Peculiarities'" is "Almost all the symptoms make 
their appearance during the chilly stage." 

Camphor is lauded for "Siberian influenza when it appears 
amongst us at the time when the hot weather has set in." Here is 
a point about C amphora by Dr. Gray that will interest many: 
"Camphora. as is well known, is very efficacious when administer- 
ed by olfaction, but does not sustain dynamization." (One for 
Dr. WanstalL) 

Capsicum gives us: "Tabes-testiculorum; dwindling of the 
testes to the size of a bean, extinction of the sexual instinct, ema- 
ciation, falling oft of the beard, and weakness of sight," and a 
foot-note tells us the French soldiers in Egypt experienced this 
from drinking brandy liberally supplied with the drug. 

Cicuta z'irosa is starred with "Epilepsy. Horrible epilepsy,''' etc. 

Colocynth is credited with ability to remove "complaints arising 
from indignation * * * about unworthy treatment," etc., and 
who hasn't been "mad all over" from unworthy treatment? 

The reader won't find any microbes in this book, and it is quite 
innocent of any serums, but when a man wants a cure it will beat 
those things to a stand still. 

It contains 1.272 pages in half morocco binding, and its price 
is S4.80. to which add 38 cents postage. 

The General Medical Council. 261 

The English are stirred up over the General Medical Council of 
.: country. It seems to be a sort of medical inquisition answer- 
able to no one, not even to the British laws. We are told that 
when any one sends in papers or documents in a disciplinary ca:-e 
I *se papers, etc.. no one but the Council may ever see. as other 
wise persons would be deterred from submitting the information. 
In a recent case the court demanded that certain papers in the 
^session of the Council be produced, but this was refused even 
though it constitute contempt of court, and the counsel for the 
Council said that the registrar would rather be committed to 
\ rison than to produce the papers. At first glance this position 
seems to be rather admirable, but when it is considered that the 
"confidential" matter is submitted to this secret council in its trial 
of a doctor in which an adverse decision means professional ruin, 
the thing takes on a different aspect It is a court, an inquisition. 
for the trial of physicians from whose verdict there is no appeal. 
Who gave this body this terrible power? They acquired it 'pre- 
sumably in the same manner that leaders of a mob acquire theirs. 
A clique advocated, no doubt, the formation of a Council to ad- 
judicate professional matters secretly. This once adopted and a 
few domineering men in the saddle unlimited and unrestrained 
power over things medical was theirs. For any one to protest 
placed him in the same position as those who protested against the 
.acts of the men who fed the guillotine in the days of the French 
revolution, and it may be that doctors shout for the Council as the 
sans-cullotes shouted for its Council in France, because they fear 
to do otherwise. A man may have shouted himself hoarse in 
protestation of his administration at. and joy over, the work of the 
keen-knifed guillotine but. as we all know, this did not always 
save him. Secretly information was lodged before the all-power- 
ful I for a time") Council and it settled the case — and there was no 
appeal. Theoretically every safeguard was thrown about the 
"citizen," practically there was only the will of the Council, an- 
swerable to none. And this seems to be the case with doctors in 
England. In the United States? That's another story. 

Medicine from its very mission should be the freest of all pro- 
fessions. It is the profession that opens up the highest and great- 

262 Some Remarks on Appendicitis. 

est fields of knowledge for it concerns the human race, and when 
viewed in this light the binding of fetters on doctors seem to be a 
— mistake. On the other hand, even as medicine opens up the 
greatest possibilities for great learning so does it for enthusiasts, 
dreamers and quacks. The one needed restriction should be that 
no one be legally empowered to force his ideas on others. 

The regulars say that a "pathy" is a dogma, and its believers 
are sectarians, cramped and limited, while the physician without 
any special belief is "free." The reverse of this is true, for these 
men who claim to be free are held in hand and ruled by an iron 
despotism. They dare not inquire into Homoeopathy or avowedly 
practice it without danger, perhaps certainty, of being sum- 
moned before the secret Council. Free ? Well, hardly ! 

By Dr. Matteg, Ravensburg. 

As is well-known, the appendix vermicularis. with the herbi- 
vora, is enormously extended and we find in it a quantity of un- 
digested food, while further up in the larger intestine the food 
has already disappeared. Why then should man, who eats every- 
thing, also herbs, have no vermiform appendix? Cellulose and 
fibrin are not digested by the saliva, the gastric juice or the in- 
testinal and pancreatic secretions, while in the vermiform ap- 
pendix it is transformed into sugar and into carburetted hydro- 
gen gases (see "The Function of the Caecum and of the Vermi- 
form Appendix," by Dr. Schlegel, Allg. Horn. Z., 1095, Xr., 7 
and 8). 

My supposition is that the supposedly superfluous vermiform 
appendix is, as it were, the rudder and the lever of the peri- 
staltic action of the caecum and of the large intestine, and also 
the regulator for the Bauhinic valve, extending, when it is 
opened and contracting when it is closed, and then discharging 
its digestive juice. Therefore, when the vermiform appendix 
is diseased, this action ceases, and there is a paralysis of the 
large intestine and of the ileum, and constipation with frequently 
following intussusception or volvulus. This is another reason 
for supposing that the so-called typhlitis stercoralis is a sec- 

Some Remarks on Appendicitis. 263 


ondary phenomenon, 1. e., a consequence of a disease of the vermi- 
form appendix, fomented by internal causes (as indicated above), 
and so also the disturbance in digestion after the extirpation of 
the vermiform appendix may thence be explained. 

It is probable that through immoderate use of meat, and the 
use of meats not always sound, which, in consequence of the 
modern mode of feeding the stock, are continually becoming more 
common, the lymphatic juices and also the lymph of the vermi- 
form appendix are becoming much corrupted (by the so-called 
nuclein albumen), since, as is well-known, infectious bacilli are 
more easily formed from a meat diet than from a vegetable diet. 
Xow. in this one-sided, i. e v predominantly meat diet, the 
strong and. besides this, also corrupted secretion of the vermi- 
form appendix finds no use and no disposal, and through further 
decomposition there may be formed inflammations and conges- 
tions in the lymphatic passages. 

If. then, exceptionally, or at rare intervals, fibrous food is 
consumed, as happens at certain seasons of the year, it will fre- 
quently lie undigested, and will then, of course, also further con- 
tribute to foment the inflammation already existing. As is well- 
known, an organ which does not find the appropriate activity 
frequently becomes diseased and it degenerates. 

Therefore, give the caecum its appropriate activity and do not 
live in a one-sided manner on meat, but also. and. indeed, pre- 
dominantly, on a vegetable diet and on vegetable fibre! This is 
the best way of guarding against appendicitis ! In regions where 
people live more than they do with us on vegetables, this dis- 
ease is found more rarely, while in regions with prevailing meat 
diet it is as frequent as tuberculosis, as. indeed, it is the fre- 
quent precursor of the same. For whoever has once passed 
through appendicitis is. and remains, according to my experi- 
ence, predisposed to tuberculosis, and then also it is only in- 
pendicitis. Thence it is necessary that a physician, during ap- 
pendicitis and afterwards, should treat the whole man. i. e.. 
lie should improve his constitution, and not cut out the vermi- 
form appendix in order to guard against this disease. The best 
protection is a natural mode of life, with a predominant vege- 
tarian diet and temperance, or. rather, abstinence from alcohol, 
.a proceeding which is also to be recommended in the tuberculous 

264 Some Cases of Asthma. 

diseases of the various organs, which diseases follow after ap- 

After an operation on the appendix, the digestion of vege- 
table food is essentially limited from the causes above indicated, 
and, according to my experience, there frequently appear dis- 
turbances in digestion, diarrhcea or constipation, with flatulence. 
On the other side, man, through a one-sided meat diet, becomes 
more prone to various diseases, especially to cancer and tuber- 
culosis. And especially those of a tuberculous disposition, who 
have been operated on after typhlitis, thereby become particularly 
prepared for tuberculosis, and especially to abdominal and in- 
testinal tuberculosis. I have been able to show w T ith certainty 
that people, who, in the course of years, have been seized with 
appendicitis, are tuberculous or descended from tuberculous 
families. It is also certain that the particular age and constitu- 
tion which dispose 'to tuberculosis of the lungs are also easily 
seized with appendicitis. 

Appendicitis is as certainly an introduction to tuberculosis of 
the lungs as the lymphatic swelling of the glands of the various 
organs. My treatment is predominantly a constitutional one; 
therefore, besides the various well-known medicines, Tub'ercu- 
1 ilium plays the first role and in all the cases treated by me in the 
last ten years ; it produces a decisive and rapid improvement and 
cure, without passing into suppuration. The cases treated bt me 
in that time were sixty, and of these I only lost two, these being 
advanced cases in which perforation ensued in the first five or 
six days. From this surprisingly rapid action of Tuberculinum 
we may also again conclude as to the tuberculous nature of 
typhlitis.^ All gem cine Horn. Zeitung. 

By Dr. Martens, Lueneburg. 

The present communication is caused by the cure of several 
cases, of nervous asthma. In all the four cases here adduced a 
longer or shorter allopathic treatment had preceded, consisting 
chiefly in the prescription of Iodide of Potassa, Bromide of 
Potassa, Quinine, Atropin, and the inhalation of vapors of Spirits 

Some Cases of Asthma. 265 

of Turpentine and Ammonia, etc. In one case (IV.) also a 
climatic cure at the sea-coast had been tried for some time with- 
out any success. I may add that I did not use in the cases cited 
any hydropathic measures. The cures may, therefore, be desig- 
nated as purely homoeopathic. 

Case I. — On the 4th of last August there appeared in my office 
a young man, twenty-three years of age, who, for two full 
years, had been troubled with»asthma. According to his state- 
ment, this developed with considerable violence after a forced 
foot- tour, followed by a cold bath in the river. An objective 
examination showed that the upper air-passages were perfectly 
free ; on the chest, whistling noises were heard. There is, on the 
whole, but little cough; a little tough, grayish white mucus is 
thrown out during the coughing. On the chest there is a strong 
sensation of constriction and oppression. The asthmatic trouble 
is worse in the morning; it is very apt to come on when he is 
in a room where there are many men. The patient also suffers 
from headaches appearing periodically with a sensation as if the 
head zvas expanding. I gave him Argent um nitric. 5. D., five 
drops, three or four times a day, and the patient felt easier in a 
few days. I last saw him a week ago, on the 14th of September. 
His dyspnoea had altogether vanished, and I am of opinion that 
Argentum nitricum, which he is now receiving only twice a 
week, and in the fifteenth potency, will complete the cure. The 
headache also has quite disappeared, since he began the use of 

Case II. — In this case Capsicum was the remedy which ef- 
fected the cure. This case occurred three and a half years ago. 
The young woman in question was about twenty-two years of 
age. She was seized with asthmatic oppression every three to 
four weeks, three to four days at a time. Even before her mar- 
riage she had suffered from asthmatic dyspnoea to a slight de- 
gree, but these attacks had become worse after an abortion. 
There was always a disagreeable smell from her mouth; during 
the attacks there was a cough with very ill-smelling breath, also 
a sensation of chilliness and cold in the body. It was relieved 
by the expectoration of mucus. 

Case III. — A woman, sixty-five years of age, had been suf- 
fering for fifteen years from asthma ; there was also in this case 

2,66 Echinacea in Fevers. 

some emphysema of the lungs. The attacks of dyspnoea ap- 
peared, especially, about midnight, and were attended with great 
anguish and palpitation, followed by a sensation of weakness, 
In the chest there was a sensation as if it was constricted. There 
was relief from expectoration of mucus, which was sticky, and 
slightly salty in taste. There were also attacks from violent 
exercise and from going upstairs. On the chest there could be 
heard a rattling of mucus, which was discharged with difficulty. 
Arsenicum alb. produced a considerable relief. On account of 
the mucus, which was difficult to bring up, I afterwards al- 
ternated this remedy with Ipecacuanha. The general health was 
much improved. Owing to the age of the patient and her general 
weakness, we can hardly expect a full cure in this case. 

Cafe IV. — In this case I was led to the suitable remedy, es- 
pecially by the nature of the mucus expectorated. I was called on 
September 5th to see painter Z., forty-three years of age, and 
found him still suffering from his attack. These attacks have 
appeared for almost four years, and appear frequently two or 
three times a week, and then almost always early in the morn- 
ing. The expectoration is of a yellowish white color, sticky, 


In the morning on waking up he is frequently hoarse, his voice 
is rough. The attacks are apt to come on in wet and cold 
weather. Kali bichromicum at once gave relief; the attacks ap- 
pearing less frequently and with less violence. After seven or 
eight weeks the trouble was entirely cured and has not returned 
since. I may add, that in all attacks of asthma I first give low 
potencies, the third to the fifth decimal, in frequent doses ; after re- 
lief has set in, I give higher potencies, the tenth to the thirtieth 
decimal, and less frequently, mostly two to three times a week. 
— Leipsiger pop. f. Ho m. 


"Echinacea is a remedy that should not be forgotten in fevers. 
My experience has been such that I can lay claim to the wonder- 
ful results that some claim for it in febrile conditions. In measles, 
chicken-pox and scarlet fever it seems to exert a powerful influ- 
ence, not shortening the attack, but the diseases run a very mild 

Kali Phosphoricum. 267 

course and leave no bad after effects. If you give Echinacea 
angustifolium in scarlet fever you should never fear having it 
complicated with nephritis or any other complication. 

"Many physicians claim more for the remedy in malarial fever 
than others, and I can only say this about the remedy: I have 
used it in twenty cases without one failure ; the disease would soon 
be under the control of the drug, the chills would not return after 
several days' use of the drug, and the patients could return to 
work as if they never had been ill. If the remedy is continued 
several weeks after the fever is broken up, they will have no re- 
turn of the trouble, as the remedy seems to entirely rid the blood 
of the malarial plasmodia. I have watched the blood very close! v 
while giving the remedy, and have found that the red and white 
blood corpuscles increase in number, and the blood gradually be- 
coming free from the Plasmodium." — O. L. Massenger, M. D., 
Eclectic Medical Journal. 

By Dr. George Royal. 

Let me give you a few groups of Kali pJws. symptoms which 
have been verified and which will show some of the conditions 
for which it will prove useful. 

Case I. Amenorrhea. The Kali pJws. symptoms were "con- 
stant, dull headache, yet drowsy all day," cross and snappish 
(irritable) ;" "cries easily (depressed) ;" "so fidgety she could 
not control herself." Kali phos. 3X, four times daily, cured in 
three months. 

Case II. Xerz-ous dyspepsia. "Xausea soon after eating, ac- 
companied by marked drowsiness." "Eructations putrid both to 
taste and smell." "Eructations relieved by nausea." "Gnawing 
pains with fulness in the afternoon." 

W. T. Laird made this comparison between the dyspepsia of 
Kali phos. and Anacardium: 

"The Kali phos. patient is more decidedly neurasthenic than 
the other; and the relapses, which are frequent in both, are 
mostly due to dietetic errors in the Anacardium cases, and to ex- 
citement or worry in the Kali phos. cases." 

Case III. Nervous exhaustion. H. F. Dodge reports the case 
of a worn and nervous mother made so weak bv a sicklv babv. 

268 Gonorrhoea. 

The indications are: "Dull, heavy ache in the occiput." "Drowsy 
but yet restless." "Foul breath." "A brown coated tongue." 

Case IV. Nervousness due to sexual excitement. Dr. J. C. 
Nottingham gives the following group : "Excessive excitement 
whether suppressed or indulged ;" "aching in the sacrum ;" 
"sleeplessness ;" "dull aching pain in occiput and back ;" "natural 
irritability;" "great despondency;" "frequent micturition;" the 
quantity being large and the amount of phosphates increased. 

Case V. Typhoid fever. Many cases have been reported 
claiming help from Kali phos. in typhoid fever, but the symp- 
toms for which it was given were not clearly set out. 

One, however, gives the following, all found in the provings : 
"Mental confusion for a few days ;" "pain in the forehead, at 
first sharp and transient, then dull and constant ;" "foul breath ;" 
"brown-coated tongue ;" "chilliness ;" "weak," "tired feeling ;" 
"distention of abdomen and offensive, dark-yellow pasty stools." 

The patients for which Kali phos. will be most useful will be 
adults of both sexes of nervous temperament. 

The cause of their troubles will be excitement, overwork and, 
especially, worry. — Transactions Am. hist. Horn., ! 8p/. 


(The following is clipped from Dr. Stuart Close, Trans. A. I. 
H., 1907, and shows the necessity of good homoeopathic treatment 
in old gonorrhoeas.) 

We have strong endorsement of this position by a number of 
the highest authorities. Prof. Lydston, in his recent admirable 
treatise on Venereal and Sexual Diseases, says, "the disease 
[gonorrhoea] is rarely treated upon rational principles. The pa- 
tient expects more from the surgeon, and the latter expects more 
from remedies, than in almost any disease. The fallacious notion 
of the simplicity of gonorrhoea and its congeners has proved 
disastrous. Physicians should embrace every opportunity to im- 
press the patient with the fact that gonorrhoea is one of the most 
severe and, perhaps, the most far-reaching in its results of all 
the infectious diseases. It is not only worse than a bad cold, 
contrary to the lay opinions upon the subject [and he might 

Gonorrhoea. 269 

have added, some professional opinions], but it is far worse than 
its much dreaded rival for popularity — syphilis.'' (Page 136.) 

Again, the same author, after a review of the subject, says, 
''gonorrhoea is the most dangerous of the venereal diseases, for, 
through the medium of its sequels and complications, it causes 
more deaths than syphilis. By comparison, chancroid is benign. 
Subtract the evil effects of gonorrhoea from human ills, and the 
resulting increase in human longevity and happiness would be 
surprising." (Page 140.) 

In taking up the subject of the complications of gonorrhoea 
Lydston says : "Most complications are due, not to the intrinsic 
pathologic tendencies of the disease itself, but to irrational gen- 
eral management or over enthusiastic attempts to cure. The 
frequency of complications is proportionate to the energy ex- 
pended in the treatment.'' (Page 129.) 

Xoeggerath was the first in the old school to declare the truth 
in regard to suppressed gonorrhoea. His first statements startled 
the profesion, but surprise soon gave way to incredulity and he 
became the victim of ridicle and vilification for a time. Later 
his findings were confirmed by the discovery of the gonococcus 
and its presence in the disease which he had ascribed to gonor- 
rhoeo. Xoeggerath's theory, as originally formulated, is sub- 
stantially as follows : 

1. That nearly all men who have had gonorrhoea and ap- 
parently been cured, sooner or later infect their wives. 

2. That this infectiousness on the part of the man is usually 
latent, but may possibly become perceptible in the form of an 
urethritis, more or less severe, following sexual intercourse. 

3. That consequent upon this latent gonorrhoea in the man, 
there occurs a similar latent infection of the wife, which may 
in its turn become active as the etiologic factor of one or more 
forms of pelvic inflammation. 

Ricord said that 800 men in 1,000 have had gonorrhoea. 
Xoeggerath said that 90 per cent, of these cases remain uncured, 
and recent writers agree with him. Comment is unnecessarv ! 

270 Some High Potency Cases from Germany. 

By Dr. Strohmeyer, Frankfurt a. M. 

Translated for the Homoeopathic Recorder from the Leipzig. Pop. Z. f 
Horn., April 1, 1908. 

The following three cases, I think, I can claim as having been 
cured by means of high potencies, and I would go further and 
would claim that, basing my assertion on former experience, that 
they would not have been healed as promptly and safely by lower 
potencies, as by the high dilutions which I used : 

I. A Stye. 

The first case was that of a lady, thirty-five years of age, who, 
hitherto, had always enjoyed an enviable state of good health, un- 
til a short time back, when her cheerful disposition was a little 
disturbed by the appearance of a stye on an upper eyelid. As 
the ailment in the days following increased and caused her lively 
trouble, an eye doctor was called in, who, through a slight in- 
cision, put an end to this disturbance. In a few days all was 
right again, and our lady as merry as before. But what could 
describe properly her indignation, when a week later, a second 
stye made its appearance in the same place with the same symp- 
toms, and the disturbance in the use of the eye through the 
swelling induced another visit to the specialist. Hot poultices 
matured the stye, a slight cut. and the lady was relieved the 
second time. In about the same time a third stye, the same pro- 
cedure, and the same result. But when the trouble arose for the 
fourth time, the patient lost her patience, and endeavored to cure 
it in another manner. I must confess that there was little to be 
seen of the merry disposition, which, as the patient stated, had 
formerly been her usual mood, when she paid a visit to me. On 
the contrary, the lady showed an impatient and embittered spirit, 
and charged herself with crossness and perversity ; and she 
rather made the impression of a little Xanthippe than of a gentle 
and cheerful (lame. Every one knows what a great weight ho- 
moeopaths lay even in slight troubles on the mood and disposition 
and it would hardly do to say that any fair lady would be thus 
irritated by the appearance of four styes in succession. Now 

Some High Potency Cases from Germany. 271 

would you suppose that such a disposition would have been cured 
by Pulsatilla? As little as by Silicea. But Staphisagria 200. D., 
in three powders of sugar of milk, each powder receiving six 
drops of the dilution, one to be taken every evening on three 
successive days, not only prevented every return of the ailment, 
but brought relief on the second day, while the stye was still at 
its height. 

II. Furuncles. 

The second case, no less interesting, was that of a young 
forester, who had been suffering for some time from furuncles, 
which kept recurring, and for which he in vain endeavored to 
find a cause. Treatment with Arsenic, by an allopath, had not 
the least effect upon it, nor the use of yeast, taken for a lengthy 
period. An examination of the vigorous, blooming young man 
yielded absolutely no result, with the exception of a slight in- 
dolence of the stools, which, however, had existed for years. Xor 
could the patient remember having received either a greater or 
lesser bodily lesion. There had not been any sexual infection, 
the urine was free from albumen and sugar : the appetite, sleep, 
and all the other functions were normal — and yet one furuncle 
kept following the other ; at the present time there were several 
in the neck, and one in the right axilla. The indolence of the 
stool, then, was the only etiological moment which could be 
brought in connection with this cutaneous disease. This was the 
more astonishing, as the diet of the patient was thoroughly 
rational, and he was compelled, by his calling, to take the most 
strenuous bodily exercise. There was, indeed, a daily stool, but, 
owing to the dry consistence of the faeces, this was in some de- 
gree, labored, and the patient had the sensation as if quantities 
of the faeces remained undischarged in the bowels. An ex- 
amination of the rectum showed a slight predisposition to piles. 
I supposed that the furunculosis was supported by a certain pro- 
cess of self-intoxication, and this supposition was sustained by 
the result of the medication. The patient received Sulphur 200. 
D.. taken on four successive evenings, seven drops at a time, in 
a tablespoonful of water. I requested him to call again in two 
weeks, but I had to wait for three weeks, before I saw him again. 
He told me then that during the first eight days nothing unusual 

272 Some High Potency Cases from Germany. 

had taken place, but toward the end of the second week a large 
and extremely painful furuncle had formed on the back of the 
region of the last ribs. This had tied him to his bed for fully 
five days. His wife had made hot poultices of linseed, which 
softened the furuncle, after which a great mass of matter was 
discharged — but since that time there had been no more furuncles. 
Being questioned as to the stools, he merrily answered that he 
had been constipated for the first few days, but since that almost 
the contrary had been the case, and now this function was en- 
tirely normal. 

III. Gonorrhoea. 

The third case was that of an engineer, who was at the same 
time a lieutenant of the reserve, and who had brought back as 
a memorial of the last manceuvers, a case of gonorrhoea, which 
had been treated in the customary manner with injections, and 
had been dismissed as cured, after some weeks. The case was 
cured, or not cured, according to a man's point of view. There 
was not, indeed, any more discharge, in fact, according to his 
statement there had only been an urethritis anterior. But a queer 
result was, that since this cure he did not feel any more bright 
as before, and suffered from broken sleep, a certain dull head- 
ache, and light rheumatic pains, which kept changing their posi- 
tion. He felt, as we say, "under the weather." I made no 
further explanation, as these would not, probably, have been 
understood, but I prescribed three powders, moistened each with 
Thuja 200. D., six drops to be taken on three successive even- 
ings. As I had expected, so it happened ; on the third day there 
appeared a thin, watery discharge, with slight burning of the 
urethra and a slight weariness in all the limbs. In the nights 
following, there was a copious perspiration, with a gradual disap- 
pearance of all the symptoms. The discharge, which had slightly 
frightened the patient and had brought him post-haste to see me, 
came to an end in two weeks. I think that anyone who has once 
seen such a prompt action of a medicine is not apt to forget all 
his life how great and brilliant is the action of the high potencies. 

Low Potency Cases fr&m France. 273 

By Dr. Sieffert, Paris. 

Translated for tta Homceopathic Recorder. 
Whooping Cough. 

A prophet is not without honor save in his own country. This 
saying was also verified a short time back with the children of our 
janitor. Both of these, a little daughter, of five years of age, and 
a little son, three years of age, were seized with whooping cough. 

Of course, the parents did not think of consulting the physi- 
cian, whose advice they could get without expense, but his wife 
consulted with the neighbors' wives, and thus gradually all the 
domestic remedies at their disposal were put in use. But none 
of them proved of any use. The attacks became ever more fre- 
quent and more violent, occurring, at last, eighteen times a day. 

The consulting wives, therefore, concluded to send the chil- 
dren to the country. Finally the janitor, probably, merely from 
courtesy, thought of also asking my opinion. I opposed the 
idea of sending them to the country, and offered to treat the 
children homceopathically. The janitor and his wife accepted 
my offer, after I had promised them to furnish the remedies 
gratis. Their agreement to my proposition, probably, was only 
due to their fear of displeasing me; for, secretly, the janitor's 
w r ife said to our servant girl : "What can the Doctor expect to 
do with his watery solutions? I shall let him try for a week, 
then if you are no better I will send them to the country. A 
change of air is to be preferred to all medicines." 

I prescribed Drosera 6., six drops for every child every day. 
On the fourth day of the treatment their case was considerably 
improved ; the attacks had diminished in frequence to twelve a 
day, and at the end of the week they had diminished to six 
times a day. With the boy the improvement continued without 
interruption. I diminished his dose to four drops a day, and at 
last to two drops a day. But with the girl there appeared after 
every transient improvement, vomiting and epistaxis. In two 
days this was stayed by means of Ipecacuanha, when I came back 
to Drosera. At present, after treating them for three weeks, the 

274 Low Potency Cases from France. 

whooping cough, with both the little patients, has been quite 
assuaged. Now and then one attack a day, and none since the 
day before yesterday. So at last I succeeded in gaining the re- 
spect of the janitor and his wife. 

II. Congestion of Liver. 

A spinster, of thirty years of age, somewhat corpulent, and 
living a sedentary life, whom I had treated a few years ago for 
appendicitis, felt somewhat unwell. Loss of appetite, coated 
tongue, a dull headache, torpid stool, pains in the abdomen. The 
patient at once was afraid of another siege of appendicitis. But 
an examination showed no symptoms in the region of the ap- 
pendix, nor was there any fever. Still I found a slight induratioi* 
on the lower border of the liver, which did not cause me any 
astonishment, as the patient had always, I might say, by in- 
heritance, been suffering from a sensitiveness of the liver. 

To regulate the stool, I prescribed lukewarm clysters, in- 
ternally, Nux vomica 3., six drops a day. This caused an im- 
provement in the coating of the tongue, and the stool proceeded 
regularly. But the induration of the liver and its sensitiveness 
would not yield, though the appetite had come back. I advised 
a strict diet, and gave Mercurius dulcis, first decimal trituration, 
five doses of one decigram each, five times a day, for two days 
in succession. A copious micturition followed on this treatment. 
The border of the liver now felt soft to the touch, and was not 
swollen any more. The liver returned to its normal position 
and at the end of the week everything was again normal with- 
out the use of any other medicine. 

III. Slight Glandular Swelling. 

While I was treating the young lady mentioned above, her 
mother, while out walking, had stepped into a large shoe-nail, 
which had passed at the same time through the sole of her shoe, 
the stocking and the sole of her foot. There was, of course, no 
considerable wound, it merely looked like the prick of a large 

The patient at first did not mind the wound at all, and quietly 
attended to her business. But after a few days, the foot became 
painful, somewhat heavy, without being swollen, and was very 

Lozv Potency Cases from France. 275 

painful when she stepped on it. When examined, there appeared 
a slight swelling, as large as a walnut, i. e. } a small gland was 

I warned, the patient to give her limb rest, in order that no 
abscess might form, daily, a lukewarm foot-bath, and internally, 
Silicea 6., two drops morning and evening. In a week all the 
symptoms had disappeared. 

IV. Long Continued Chronic Acute Congestion of the 


A man, seventy years of age, who, in his youth, had suffered 
from syphilis, and later from articular rheumatism, came to my 
office a few months ago and complained of jaundice. The pa- 
tient had pased through several such attacks, and since, in some 
of these attacks renal colic had appeared, he was afraid of a 
similar painful contingency at this time. An examination showed 
nothing striking ; there was no trace of syphilis. The border of 
the liver was only slightly swollen and somewhat indurated. The 
patient stated that he was sensitive to medicines and desired to 
be treated with higher potencies. So I prescribed Nnx vomica 
12., and in a few days all morbid symptoms seemed actually to 
have disappeared. 

Three weeks later, however, the patient called me in. The 
jaundice had returned, more violent than before. The skin of 
the whole body was a dark yellow. The tongue was coated 
thickly with a yellow coating. Not much fever. Obstinate con- 
stipation. The border of the liver was thick and swollen hard ; 
the region of the liver, especially the gall bladder, was extremely 
sensitive to the touch. Daily clysters promoted the stools. In- 
ternally, I prescribed Podophyllum 6, two drops, four times a 
day. On this his condition showed improvement, without a com- 
plete removal of the trouble. 

One morning I found without any other warning, that the 
pulse was much retarded and diminished in volume, the micturi- 
tion reduced to one-half. What had occurred? There was no 
question that the circulation had been seriously disturbed, the more 
as on examining the heart I found an extremely violent mitral 
sound. Of course, the liver was again thick, and swollen hard. 
A syphilitic phenomenon was excluded, but a rheumatic in- 

276 Low Potency Cases from France. 

fluence might be considered. But on scanning this cause more 
closely, I also gave up this supposition and explained the phe- 
nomenon — correctly, as the event proved — in the following man- 
ner : 

The circulation is a closed circle, in which various obstructions 
have to be surmounted. If one of these obstructions is difficult 
to surmount, this difficulty reacts on the whole circulation. In 
the case in question all the circumstances seemed to begin w T ith 
the liver. The lower vena cava, which returns to the heart all the 
venous blood of the abdomen and lower limbs, was compressed 
by the swollen liver. The venous change which takes place in 
the capillaries thereby became more difficult, and this produced 
an increased tension in the large arterial vessels, causing a 
mitral insufficiency and, in consequence, an enlargement of the 
left ventricle. The mitral insufficiency again was able to produce 
an obstruction in the pulmonary circulation, and by means of a 
like process (an increase in the tension, enlargement of the 
ventricle and insufficiency in the valves), an insufficiency in the 
tricuspidal valve. In this manner I explained the sounds of the 
heart, the more as it proved in the sequel that this sound disap- 
peared with the removal of the lesion of the liver. This process 
we may assume all the more readily, as every insufficiency of 
the liver may be attended with the resorption of toxins causing 
a weakening of the muscle of the heart. 

Now as to the treatment : In spite of the preference of the pa- 
tient for minimal doses, I made use of Mercurius dulcis in pretty 
massive doses, and the pulse was somewhat accelerated and more 
vigorous next day, the sound of the heart was no more violent, 
and the excretion of urine was essentially increased. I then 
waited for a few days and repeated the Mercurius dulcis, and 
all the threatening symptoms gradually disappeared, and a full 
cure was effected. A few doses of Nux vomica removed the 
last vestiges of the disease. 

The whole treatment had lasted five weeks and the patient 
is at present in the full enjoyment of his health. 

V. Inflammation of the Testicle. 

A syphilitical patient whom I have been treating for some 
time on account of tertiary symptoms of his disease, appeared in 

Abdominal Pains — Chionanthus. 277 

my office lately and complained of the extremely painful inflam- 
mation of the right testicle, which was swollen hard; this was 
attended with violent fever. 

I naturally enough thought of a malignant phenomenon. But 
when I examined the patient more closely, I found out that he 
had a few years ago been afflicted with gonorrhoea ; but as he sup- 
posed that this had been cured, as he had only slight symptoms 
of it left, he had not thought it necessary to call my attention to 
it. This made the case clear. Compresses according to Pries- 
nitz, rest in bed, and some doses of Clematis erecta 6. in six 
days cured the case completely. 


A woman of forty-one came to the hospital complaining of at- 
tacks of abdominal pain, at irregular intervals, lasting seven or 
eight hours, and accompanied by more or less jaundice, vomiting, 
and distension. This condition had continued for six years. 
There was no enlargement of the liver, but much tenderness in 
the right hypochondrium. I took the attacks to be biliary colic, 
and began treatment with Berberis 6. The following fortnight 
she had three attacks. Chelidon. succeeded no better. After 
four weeks, with little or no relief, she was put on to Chionanthus- 
6 and now has had no real attack (though mild threatenings now 
and then) for six months, except for one fortnight when Iris v. 
was substituted in November last. Chionanthus has been con- 
tinued fairly steadily — indeed, she will not be left without a sup- 
ply. As her attacks were coming every few days when she came 
to the hospital and for a month thereafter, I feel bound to at- 
tribute some effect to the Chionanthus. I must add, however, 
that latterly she has been subject to headache (frontal), and has 
only lately obtained some relief from this complaint by means of 
Lycop. 200. So that, although considerably improved, she is not 
yet in a fully satisfactory condition. — Dr. C. E. Wheeler, Ho- 
moeopathic World. 

Remember Cratccpus ox. 0. in all cases of heart disease. 

278 Book Notices. 


Des Vrais Caracteres de la Therapeutique Experi- 
mentale. Premier facicule. Reponse a M. le Dr. Pierre 
Jousset. Par le Dr. Jules Gallavardin de Lyon, Prix : 2 francs. 
Paper, 71 pages. A. Malone, 25 Rue d Y Ecolesde-Medicin, 
Paris, France. 1908. 

In the controversy between Drs. Jousset and Gallavardin, the 
latter stands for what we, in this country, term Hahnemannian 
Homoeopathy, and the former for the Homoeopathy which plays 
a subordinate role in medicine, though still a very important one, 
as a therapeutic measure. It is the old controversy presented 
in new dress, but lack of space prevents giving an outline of 
this particular exchange of opinions. Generally speaking, the 
man who stands for old Homoeopathy is on firmer ground than 
he who would stray to the brilliant, but, too often unstable 
ground, of what is termed "modern scientific medicine." But 
each one to his taste. 

A Manual of Practical Obstetrics. By Frederick W. 

Hamlin, M. D., Professor of Obstetrics, New York Homoeo- 
pathic Medical College and Hospital. 480 pages. Cloth, 
$2.50. New York : Boericke & Runyon. 1908. 
Of this work the author says : "This little book is intended to 
b>e a vade mecum for the busy practitioner. It is not designed 
as a text book, but, as a ready reference book for the use of the 
rank and file of the profesion." 

The book treats its subject very concisely, yet clearly. Old 
school treatment is given in the therapeutics, and also the ho- 
moeopathic therapeutics very fully, together with diet, hygiene, 
etc. The book ought to have a good sale among the family prac- 
titioners and homoeopathic students. 

The second edition of Nash, Regional Leaders, is out. It 
considerably enlarged. 

Homoeopathic Recorder. 



Address communications , books for review, exchanges, etc., for the editor, to 

E. P. ANSHUTZ, P. O. Box 021. Philadelphia, Pa. 


Seeking the Truth. — When a man says there is some good 
in all systems of medicine and more or less error in them all, and 
that the student should seek the good in all and reject the error r 
he has taken a position that is unassailable, yet which may land 
him in nebulosity, unless he be a veritable intellectual giant and 
one who can distinguish good and evil. After one has glanced 
at the ceaseless stream of books and pamphlets which no human 
being could read in toto, listened to the numerous enthusiasts, 
depicting the wondrous beauty and effectiveness of some par- 
ticular hobby, one realizes that to "select the good and reject 
the bad" is quite a task. 

Sunbeams from Cucumbers. — A very eminent Professor tells 
us that "Metchnikoff and Roux announce that they have suc- 
ceeded in establishing the attenuation of human syphilitic virus 
by passage through small monkeys, opening a prospect for suc- 
cessful vaccination against syphilis." If attenuation is sought, 
why not — attenuate the virus? Any homoeopathic pharmacist 
will show how it is done. And, if it is attenuation plus some- 
thing else in the monkey is sought, what is that something else? 
What is the object of all this expensive hugger-muggering when 
attenuation to any degree and with the utmost exactness is open 
to any "scientist?" Can it be that plain attenuation is too cheap 
and simple, while the other method offers a wide field — for — 
for—? 1 

260 Editorial. 

To Cure Old Age. — Our most estimable contemporary, the 
Buffalo Medical and Surgical Journal, for May contains a most 
absorbingly interesting paper from the pen of Dr. Suzor, of 
Paris, copied from National Therapeutics. The theme of the 
paper is "old age." The learned scientist, Suzor, demonstrates 
that old age is an infectious disease that may be cured. The 
paper concludes that the specific for old age is prepared with 
great care at the "Pasteur Vaccine Co.'s Laboratories" in "tablet 
form," "hermetically sealed," etc. The only thing missing in this 
wonderful contribution to scientific medicine is the admonition 
to "Beware of imitations !" 

Vivisection. — The Nezv York Medical Times, with its usual 
level-headedness on most subjects, seems to put the vivisection 
problem in its true light, i. e.. vivisection properly conducted by 
sane men and for a definite purpose is useful, but, "In many in- 
stances vivisection has been merely the instrument of an un- 
reasoning curiosity or ambition, without any practical humani- 
tarian motive. In others, it seems to have been worse than this, 
a horrible expression of Sadism differing only in the fact that 
it was performed in a laboratory instead of in a brothel from the 
vile acts of non-professional sexual perverts." 

It is the morbid, the brutal and the sexually perverted, that 
have brought vivisection into such disrepute. The average man 
loves a dog, and when he sees or hears of one of them being 
brutally tortured by some one apparently for the gratification of 
a morbid love, he feels that the world could better spare the two- 
legged brute than his four-legged victim. At best, the knowl- 
edge gained by this practice is of no great value. 

Ladies' Doctors and Serum Therapy. — A prominent one of 
the gentler sex, in Philadelphia, recently turned loose on serum 
therapy and, judging from the defence of Dr. J. P. Reynolds, in 
the Public Ledger, Airs. White got the best of the fray. Dr. 
Reynolds states that serum therapy opens up "a large field that is 
yet in process of active cultivation." That "this department of 
science is in a process of evolution" with investigators "hard at 
work in it." That "the causation of disease is but imperfectly 
understood." That "it is true that virulent bacilli are frequently 

Editorial 281 

found in persons having no symptoms." and the reverse. But 
"all these apparently paradoxical facts will, in due time, be ex- 
plained," and that the serum men "may be relied upon to emerge 
with credit from the ordeal through which your correspondent 
imagines they are passing." "Serum therapy is not yet what 
your correspondent would have it. nor, seemingly, any other de- 
partment of medicine. Let her not despair." and so on. This is 
a fair abstract of the defence, which, after all. is but a plea to sus- 
pend judgment and wait for what ''evolution" will produce. But 
in the meantime, certain impatient folk are wanting cure for them- 
selves, or their children. Homoeopathy is good enough yet. And 
then the parturition act of evolution may bring forth a mon- 

Naturopathy and Biochemistry. — Our estimable friends, the 
"naturopaths/' have taken biochemistry into their fold. They say 
a cell salt is not a drug, but a "food," and a necessary substance 
far the maintenance of life." If cell salts are drugs, so are 
"potatoes, meat, butter, eggs and flour," and there you are. If 
this be true, then each man should take his regular rations of 
Silica, Kali phos., and the others, every day, and be happy. Health 
chasing is a queer sport. 

Advertised Medicines. — After one has looked on the combat 
waging between the big A. M. A. Journal and the other allopathic 
journal* for any length of time, he comes to the conclusion that 
if. as is, probably, the case, the various word gladiators are truth- 
ful men, none of the advertised medicines are worth their price 
to a physician who knows his profession, as he is presumed to 
know it. For example. Potassium iodide (or any other old 
drug), masquerading under a "scientific" name, will do pre- 
cisely what plain Pot. iod. will do. and it will do nothing more. 
If the advertiser tells you it will do more under its masked-ball 
title, he is — laboring under a delusion. 

Crude Prescribing. — In a letter to the Medical Century, de- 
scribing his experiences in establishing hospitals in connection 
with raikoad construction in the South. Dr. C. E. Fisher tells of 

282 Editorial. 

the difficulty he experiences in getting homoeopathic assistants 
in his work. At the last hospital in North Carolina, he suc- 
ceeded in getting a young homoeopathic physician, and he was 
"the crudest prescriber I have had on my lists." The growth of 
Christian Science ought to convince any one that success in the 
future in medicine does not lie in the direction of crude drugging. 

Wisdom. — The Philadelphia papers, of May 14, contained the 
following "whereas" and "resolved :" 

"Whereas, It has pleased Dr. Samuel G. Dixon, Commissioner 
of Health of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to call his medi- 
cal inspectors together, etc. 

"Resolved, That we, the county medical inspectors of the State 
of Pennsylvania, most heartily acknowledge our appreciation of 
his wise purpose, etc." 

A New Danger from the X-Ray. — The case of Southern vs. 
Lynn, Thomas & Skyrme, in England, wherein the plaintiff re- 
covered $20,000 damages, is rather suggestive of possibilities. 
We only know the general features of the case and the results. 
The case was "a subglenoid dislocation of the humerus, with a 
fracture of the surgical neck and much bruising," etc. The dis- 
location was easily managed, but, in some way the fracture inter- 
fered. The point is, that the surgeons used the X-rays on the 
case, which, not progressing favorably, was the ground for the 
damages awarded, because there was no precedent for such a 
procedure in well-known text books in Great Britain. If this is 
to be the position of juries and courts in England, surgery will 
come to a standstill in that precedent ruled country. Law is some- 
times as freaky as medicine in some of its phases. 

Sedum Repens. — One of our homoeopathic journals recently 
published a translation of a paper by Dr. Stagger, that appeared 
in the Homocopathiselie Monatsblcetter, extolling the virtue of 
Sedum re pens in the cure of cancer. As the drug was asked for 
by a number of physicians after the publication of the translation, 
a letter was addressed to Dr. Staeger, asking for a supply of the 
remedy. The reply was: "What I call Sedum repens, is. in 

Editorial. 283 

reality, a mixture of the various crassulacae in a homoeopathic 

dilution. Xo one knows the composition, but 1 myself. I do not 
intend, for the present, to make known this composition. "It is 
offered at S30 pr. Kilo in 30X medicated pellets. The house 
in question declined the offer of the sole agency for the United 

Advertising "To Physicians Only." — Dr. G. G. Burdick 

rather acidly writes ( Wisconsin Med. Recorder) : 

"As a 'come on; the general practitioner is a success. To de- 
lude him into prescribing some fool thing of which he does not 
even suspect the composition is almost as easy as selling 'green 
goods to- the backwoods farmer. He has an abiding, even child- 
like faith in any proprietary article of which he does not know 
the combination, and as far as I have been able to observe, he 
has no ethical consideration of the pitiful figure he cuts in the 

Ax Alkaloidal Dig. — Dr. William F. Waugh ( alkaloidal 
man) writes to Wis. Med. Reporter that the Homoeopathic Re- 
corder "finds nothing but commercialism in the alkaloidal propa- 
ganda. Other homoeopathic journals not dominated by trade in- 
fluences have only kind words for the alkaloids. Take off your 
green spectacles and the world will not seem all green to you." 

The only objection the Recorder has to the alkaloidal crowd — 
they are no worse or better than the others — is that they take the 
alkaloid of a given drug and then lift its indications from the 
homoeopathic materia medica as being something of their own 
discovery. Why do not they prove the alkaloids? It is not 
scientific, or very honest, to give Aconitine, for instance, on the 
provings of Aconite tincture. Until the alkaloids are proved, as 
Hahnemann proved drugs, their use must be empirical. Be 
square, gentlemen, and prove your own drugs, and, perhaps, the 
less you say about commercialism the better for yourselves 

The Old "Indicated Remedy/' — Some time ago a man at 
work, in the big five-story laboratory of B. & T.. Philadelphia, 
making suppositories, was confronted by the fact that one of the 
kettles of cocoa butter had boiled over and caught fire. Quick 

284 Editorial. 

work was needed to prevent a big fire. To come to the point, the 
fire was nipped in the bud, if the term may be used about a fire, 
and the man's arm and hand severely burned. The arm was 
dressed according to the best of medical art, but refused to heal, 
and the man began to fear he would lose the use of it if not the 
arm itself. He then went to a good homoeopathic prescriber, who 
carefully "took the case" and prescribed the indicated remedy. 
At once there was a turn for the better ; the threatening symp- 
toms disappeared and the use of the arm and hand were regained. 
A very simple case, yet it looks as if the man who does not call 
on the sometimes sneered at "indicated remedy" is severely handi- 
capped in his wrestle with disease in any form. 

The Infinitesimal Dose. — The Journal (A. M. A.) for May 
2, prints a paper by Dr. Paul H. Ringer on the subject of 
■"Tuberculin in Pulmonary Tuberculosis." Dr. Ringer opens his 
paper as follows : 

"It is now generally accepted that in Tuberculin we possess a 
most valuable remedy in the treatment of tuberculosis. Koch's 
Tuberculin, introduced in 1890, as a cure for tuberculosis, proved 
not to be such. Tuberculin was then given in large doses. Vio- 
lent, dangerous, in some cases fatal reactions were produced ; the 
curative effects were not seen. Error in the conception of the 
action desired of Tuberculin led to misconception as to the proper 
mode of administration. Reactions were sought ; cases were not 
properly selected; all were subjected to the new remedy. As a 
result, Tuberculin came to be almost universally condemned." 
The writer then goes on to consider the revival of the use of 
Tuberculin and the employment of "infinitesimal doses" success- 
fully. They are in hot chase after the infinitesimal dosage, and 
have eyed the "similar." Pretty soon these gentlemen may be 
homoeopaths, in spite of themselves. Then must come the ad- 
ditional acknowledgment that a human being is not all material 
in his make-up ; that the scrappiest and most pugilistic part of 
the human is not subject to microscopical and chemical tests, and 
it must be considered in the treatment. 

Query. — If there is nothing in a dilution above the 12th po- 
tency, as the H. P. U. S. says, does not every pharmacist and 

Items of Gene- est. 285 

physician who labels a bottle Arsenicum 30 violate the Pure 

Food Act? 

Certainly. — "Consider a priori, we find that various infections 
Fer widely in their fastigium. On the average, rotheln is the 

infection of shortest course, barring the gr< >up of hydrophobia., 
equinia, etc.. which is usually fatal and in which the termination 
of the disease may be considered as prematurely hastened by 
death." — Benedict. N. Y. Med. Times. 

Changing Science.— Dr. John B. Huber. of the St. John's 
Hospital for Consumptives, in a paper in the N. Y. Medical 
Times (June), writes: "We have pretty well dropped the idea 
that pulmonary tuberculosis comes about primarily through the 
inhalation of the Koch bacillus into the air-vesicles." 

Academic Wisdom. — "So long." thundered the Health Pro- 
fessor, "as men and women will sleep in ill ventilated rooms 
from which the pure air and God's sunshine are excluded : so long 
as they will gorge themselves on luxurious food and take no 
exercise :" so long as they will, and will not. do many other 
things, "so long will ill health, disease and death prevail." The 
slum doctor rubbed his head as he wended his homeward way. 

Have Printed Letter-Heads. — The following is from the 
Zoological Bulletin and every business man of everv journal will 

say Amen! to it. "Writing Names Plainly: There is nothing 
with which a correspondent is so familiar as his own name, and 
-nothing which he writes so frequently, so easily, and. conse- 
quently, so carelessly. At the same time there is nothing so im- 
portant in a letter as the signature and address of the writer. 
Proper names are difficult to recognize, and the greatest possible 
care should be used to write them so plainly that there will be 
no mistake concerning either the address or the name of the 
writer. The chief cause of failure of replies to reach their proper 
destination is to be found in the inability to determine these ac- 
•curatelv when written bv hand." 


The Medical School of the Boston University held a "Clinic 
"Week." June ist-6th. A live year optional course has been es- 

286 Items of General Interest. 

Dr. W. C. Butman has removed from Glasgow, Ky., to Phy- 
sician's Building, Denver, Col. 

J. Sutcliffe Hnrndall, M. R. C. V. S., has removed to the 
Sanatorium 2, Cornwall Garden Stables, S. Kensington, S. W. 
London, England. Dr. Hurndall is author of the standard book 
Veterinary Homoeopathy in Its Application to the Horse. 

The two Italian homoeopathic journals, la Rivista Omeopatica 
and rOmipatia in Italia, have consolidated. 

The Illinois State Board of Health has brought suit against 
an advertising doctor of Chicago, and will bring similar suits 
against all doctors who advertise to cure diseases of the genital 

The British Medical Journal has been analyzing the "Cuti- 
cura" products, and finds that the "Cuticura Resolvent" is com- 
posed of potassium iodide, mixed with sugar, alcohol and water. 

Dr. A. B. Norton will sail for Europe on July 3 — to escape the 
fire crackers, maybe. Dr. William McLean will attend to his 
practice during his absence — to September 22. 

Let every reader remember that the American Institute of Ho- 
moeopathy meets at Kansas City, Mo., on June 22. If anyone 
wants particulars, write to Dr. W. J. Gates, the chairman. His 
address is Suite 408, Portsmouth Building, Kansas City, Kansas. 
Please note the "Kansas City, Kansas." The two Kansas Citys 
lie opposite each other like New York and Brooklyn. The head- 
quarters is the New Coates House, 10th and Broadway, Kansas 
City, Missouri. It is a first-class hotel, and the rates, European 
plan, are "$1.00 per day up." The meetings will be held at "The 
Casino," adjoining the New Coates House. 

Dr. S. Runnels, of Indianapolis, Ind., has sent the following 
circular letter to all homoeopathic pharmacists : 

"Will you please let me know by return mail whose Homoeo- 
pathic Pharmacopoeia you follow in preparing your drugs, or do 
you follow any other than that of your own, preparing your drugs 
according to the Hahnemann idea ? I am in receipt of a letter from 
Dr. T. H. Carmichael, a member of the Committee on Pharma- 
copoeia of the American Institute of Homoeopathy, asking that 

Items of General Interest. 287 

a resolution be passed at the annual meeting of the Indiana In- 
stitute in May, indorsing the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia of the 
United States as the standard authority in the preparation of Ho- 
moeopathic medicine, and shall be pleased to know what you 
think about this." 

Indiana has a Village for Epileptics near New Castle. Con- 
tracts for a new $20,000 building had been awarded. 

The institutions for the tuberculous are so overcrowded as to 
be "disgrace." If all the tuberculous are to be isolated, the 
State will have its hands full and will have to go deep down into 
Its pockets, as they of Xew York State. 

Children in Japan are vaccinated in their first year until a 
good "take" is secured ; then, in their fifth year, and again in their 
twelfth year. Also, if small-pox appears, they and others must 
have emergency vaccination. From 1886 to 1904, there were 
210,491 cases of small-pox, with 54,173 deaths. The Govern- 
ment, to arrest this fatality, prepared its own vaccine lymph. At 
Kobe, according to the X. Y. Evening Post, there were recently 
2.000 cases of small-pox, with a mortality of nearly 50 per cent. 
Only 1 per cent, were unvaccinated. The Government vaccine has 
been in use in the Empire since 1896. The average death rate 
from the disease is about 22 per cent. 

Dr. Andrew Ross, of Sidney, Australia, vigorously protests in 
a local paper against the "anti-toxin craze." which, he says, is 
spreading broadcast malignant disease among the animals, and in 
animal food, and this will soon react on the human race. 

In the Lachesis uproar, one medical gentleman asserted that the 
supply of Lachesis is "nearly exhausted" and what remains is 
"inert." Those who sell the drug know the absurdity of the first 
statement, and those who prescribe it the absurdity of the second. 

Dr. H. W. Schwartz has removed to Sendai, Japan. 

At the annual meeting of the Neurological Association, Phila- 
delphia, Dr. S. Weir Mitchell condemned hypnotism and said: 
"I have seen some appalling results from hypnotism." Dr. 
Sacks said : "If there are persons who want to go to Christian 
Science or Osteopathy to be healed let them go. We will have 
•enough left."' 


New York has 28,000 lunatics — caged. 

A doctor writes of ''Our Gaseous Environment." Yes it often is, very 

The English language has more hiss-s-s in than any, or all, others. 

A German observer says that those minus the appendix spend the re- 
mainder of their lives in a state of constipation or the reverse. 

Many German children committed suicide from reading Nietzsche. That 
gent must have had an exceedingly bad liver. 

Dr. Suzor, of Paris, says that old age is an infectious disease. Wonder 
what health boards will do about it ? 

Life intimates that one danger from California fruit is of an apple fall- 
ing on a man. 

The arid region in the world is steadily growing — there's a double mean- 
ing there, brother. 

A cynical doctor the other day intimated that "medical science had made 
giant strides" in all directions save in curing the patient. 

Dr. John Hutchinson wants to know what twentieth century Homoeop- 
athy is anyhow? 

When the world has become homoeopathic and medicine an exact science, 
what will become of the medical journals? 

The successful never believe in luck ; only the unlucky do. 

The man got off his joke and laughed, but the world didn't laugh with 

"Call things by their right name!" Certainly, but be sure you can lick 
the other fellow. 

Nature habitually violates the blue laws. 

When the woodpecker heard the steel riveter at work he admitted that he 
was no longer "up-to-date." 

It is suggested that a pocket camera, revolver shaped and quickly used, 
would take pictures of people without any studied pose. 

Wherein "infantil" is a "reformed" spelling from "infantile" is a weighty 
problem ; as an old ringster we'll stick to the "e" appendix. 

"To be great is to be misunderstood." That's Emerson, it's wise, but 
what the deuce does it mean? 

Out in Frisco one medical editor refers to a brother pen pusher as a 
"ludicrous tumblebug." All country boys will recognize the bug. 

Mark Twain's books do not require organized effort to dig out their 

A river that is confined to its bed does not require the attendance of a 
physician. Ding! Ding! 

There is a growing protest against cheap surgical instruments ; but are 
they not "just as good" — according to the maker? 

It's an off-stand. The poor man rarely gets what he wants and the rich 
man what he gets. 

An exchange thinks that cuss-words with a physiological basis are 


Homeopathic Recorder. 

Vol. XXI II. Lancaster, Pa., July, 1908 No 7 


Looking over old books and journals to arrive at the truth of 
the muddled Lachesis affair revealed some rather interesting 
points. The documentary evidence alone concerning the name 
would puzzle a Philadelphia lawyer and drive any jury to dis- 
agreement. Mr. A. L. Ditmars, Curator of the Bronx Zoological 
Park, where the poison of the new Lachesis snake was extracted, 
testifies under oath, as follows : 

''This is to certify that Messrs. Boericke & Runyon, homoeo- 
pathic chemists of New York City, delivered into my custody for 
verification and manipulation a serpent purporting to be a lance- 
headed viper; that I made critical and complete examination of 
its generic characteristics, and found the same to be a perfect liv- 
ing male specimen of a snake popularly known as the lance- 
headed viper; technically embraced in the genus Lachesis; order, 
Ophidia ; family, Crotalidae ; Latin synonym, Trigonocephalus 
Lachesis ; habitat, Northern Brazil ; conforming to the serpent 
mentioned in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, and specified 
therein as Lachesis Trigonocephalus ; that I extracted from the 
said serpent a given quantity of venom, the whole of which venom 
I delivered on the 26th day of April, 1908, to the aforesaid 
Messrs. Boericke & Runyon. 

As Mr. Ditmars is without prejudice in the matter, and is un- 
doubtedly one of the best living authorities on snakes, this testi- 
mony determines the fact that the new snake is a specimen of the 
Lachesis trigonocephalus. The fact that all homoeopathic phar- 
macopoeias, and nearly all our text books, give that name for the 
Lachesis proved by Hering seems to demonstrate that the alleged 
new supply of Lachesis is genuine. 

290 Looking Backward, Lachesis. 

Hering himself seems to have been confused about the name. 
In his Condensed Materia Medica he gives it as "Lachesis Suru- 
kuku." In November, 1852, he contributed a paper to the No- 
vember number of the North American Journal of Homoeopathy, 
then published by William Radde, and edited by Drs. Hering, 
Marcy and Metcalf. The title of the paper is "On Psorinum and 
Its Chemical Rescue." In this paper he discusses the events of 
his proving of Lachesis. He writes : 

"On the 28th of July, 1828. I first received the poison of the 
Trigonocephalus lachesis, which I immediately triturated and 
commenced taking and administered to others in good health, 
and also to some patients. The results of these investigations 
were first transcribed on the 18th of June, 1830, and sent to 
Staph, who now printed my former communications and those 
subsequent researches. (Arch. X., 2, S. 1 und 24, 183 1.) I men- 
tion this to show that neither I nor Staph was in too great hurry ; 
we both took our time." 

This was written in the year 1852, and the proving referred to 
was made in, or about, the year 1828, so presumably in the in- 
tervening time the specimen of the snake furnishing the poison 
was presented to the Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, 
and it is labeled by Hering: "Lachesis mutus. Surinam. Daud. 
Dr. Hering." The snake so labelled is the one whose venom was 
proved, and so, regardless of names, we have the means of posi- 
tively identifying any new Lachesis that may be offered. The 
other Lachesis snakes furnishing the remedy used to-day were 
identified by Dr. Hering; a comparison (they are all preserved in 
alcohol or glycerine) will show that they are of the same species, 
and, as Mr. Ditmars seems to be right, they are not Lachesis 
trigonocephalus. This name has been wrongly applied to them. 

Thus it is that Lachesis mutus is the poison proved, and used 
for over half a century in Homoeopathy, yet in all that time it has 
been named Lachesis trigonocephalus, whereas the genuine 
Lachesis trigonocephalus is an unproved and therapeutically un- 
known remedy. This error will doubtless cause much confusion 
in the future, as it is universally incorporated in homoeopathic 
text-books and literature. We cannot say whose fault it was, but 
it is the duty of every homoeopathic writer and journal to do what 
lies in their power to correct it. 

The Mission of Genus. 291 

The whole matter may be summed up as follows : The two 
snakes are of a different species. The proved poison is Lachesis 
mutus. The unproved poison is Lachesis trigonocephalus. Since 
its introduction the former has. erroneously borne the latter's 


By Dr. Leslie Martin, Baldwinsville, N. Y. 


After over forty years' careful study, my only motive to send 
forth this message is my love for my sick and suffering fellow 
beings, and in the full spirit of altruism. I am fully aware that 
this much mooted theory, that germs cause disease, will call forth 
many criticisms. I beg of my critics not to deal harshly with me. 
Let us ask ourselves carefully, is it not sacrilege for us to charge 
God with such a crime as to create a germ to destroy man? He 
gave us warning explicitly in His Holy Word, that the wages of 
sin is death, and if we sow to the flesh we will reap corruption. 
And sin is the transgression of the law. Now the Father it 
grieves Him to have us disobey Him. He would have us saved 
from sin, sickness and suffering. We transgress His mandates and 
we suffer the results of our disobedience. I know that I will be 
criticised severely by some bacteriologists. I ask of them to deal 
leniently with me, and we all unite in an altruistic spirit, and study 
what the mission of this supposed disease germ is. 

As God never created anything useless, was the germ created 
as a curse to man, or a blessing? You may claim that I am ver- 
bose and repeat too often. In such a great and important work 
as this, when we have to do with an art whose end is the saving 
of human life, any neglect to make ourselves thorough masters 
of it becomes a crime. Therefore, frequent repetition could be 

*Dr. Martin's paper is unique. It puts the Bible, the Word of God, 
against the Germ Theory of Disease. Take your choice. The Recordfr 
is a medical forum, and Dr. Martin is welcome to address its readers. 
The doctor has been in the medical harness since 1864. As the paper was 
too long to be printed in one issue, it has been divided into two parts. — 
Editor of the Homozopathic Recorder. 

292 The Mission of Germs. 

compared to the great good to follow, as in the Lord's Prayer or 
Old Hundred. When human life is at stake we cannot repeat it 
too much, and keep it prominently in our minds. 

Part I. 

Let us study carefully God's purpose and learn if He created 
germs to be a curse to man or a blessing, as men view it* at the 
present time. After His act of creation of all things animate and 
inanimate for man's good, and to save man and for man's use in 
this beautiful world which He created for man to rule over and 
all created things to serve man and for his use under the arched 
canopy of the blue sky, also all created things in the earth, water, 
animal, vegetable or mineral kingdoms ; after all things were 
created God saw that His work was good and completely finished, 
He then saw that He did not want all of these created things for 
His use, therefore He said, "Let us create man in our own image 
to rule over the works of our hands. Therefore He created man 
in His own image, and breathed into him the breath of life." Can 
it be that the all-wise, perfect and loving Father after He created 
man in His own image and breathed into him His own breath, 
His own soul, would stultify Himself and destroy the crowning 
piece of work of His own hands by creating germs to cause dis- 
ease suffering and death of him. This fact alone positively proves 
the falsity that God created germs to cause disease. 

Let us advance another step and study God's work. If He had 
created germs to cause disease and death, one germ would have 
been enough to annihilate the whole human race ; if the germ 
had such power embodied in it to cause disease, this fact would 
also disprove the theory. God created all germs for a good pur- 
pose to serve man when he is sick and diseased to aid him to 
cleanse and purify and to get rid of the impurities, which man 
himself caused by improper living, and in this cleansing and puri- 
fying process help to restore himself to health again. God knew 
when He created man that man would bring all kinds of dis- 
ease on himself through sin ; therefore, He created germs to help 
man to overcome disease. 

God created germs for every disease that man is subject to. 
He knew when He created man what was in man. and he would 
have all forms of disease ; therefore, He individualized and created 

The Mission of Germs. 2(j$ 

a ererm for every disease so that each individual germ should feed 
upon its own special soil adapted to it, and could live and 
thrive only on its own particular disease. 

God never generalized as man does, but everything created by 

Him was individualized. Man was created perfectly pure and in 
the image of his Maker and without sin. God told Adam and 
Eve not to sin, God gave them their choice, not to eat and live 
tree from pain, sickness and death, and if they did eat of the 
forbidden fruit, then pain, sickness, suffering and death would 
be the result. They decided to serve the devil. God permitted 
them to have their choice. God then knew that the human race 
ever after would have entailed upon them all kinds and forms of 
disease. Therefore, God has created these germs to aid man 
when he was sick, and to help cleanse and purify him from dis- 
ease of all kinds brought on himself from sin. The all-wise 
Creator in His infinite wisdom created so many germs for each 
to do its own special work which He designed for them to do. 
and not to occupy other fields of labor. God does not make man 
to be a sufferer. He said that the wages of sin would be death, 
and sin is the transgressions of His great law of nature. God 
also said that he that sowed to the flesh would reap corruption. 
Christ healed diseases of all kinds proves that God did not create 
germs to cause disease, if so Christ would not have done so 
against His Father's will. His Father would have punished Him 
for disobeying. Reference. Math, ioth Chap.. 1st verse. 

''And when he had called unto him his twelve disciples, he gave 
them power against unclean spirits, to cast them out and to heal 
all manner of sickness and all manner of diseases, and to cleanse 
the leper." Where were the germs in these cases that were thus 

Observe what wise act it was of the Creator to construct the 
nose with its secretions to destroy germs and to protect us from 
catarrhs and inflammations of all the air passages by simply 
using the nose for breathing and not the mouth. Study carefully 
the anatomical and physiological functions of the nose, the pecu- 
liar forms of the turbinated bones to increase the mucous surface. 
We can enter into the sick room of the most virulent diseases 
and be perfectly immune from contracting the disease if we will 
only be sure and keep the mouth well closed and breathe through 

294 ^7** Mission of Germs. 

the nose. To prove how the nose will save us from inflammation 
of the air passages from a sudden change of temperature : The 
air in a warm room might be 8o°. and we suddenly go out in a 
cold winter's air of 40°, and instantly, if we breathe through the 
nose, it changes the cold air instantly to So , and the air is warmed 
before coming in contact with the mucous surface of the throat, 
and saves us from severe colds and bronchial affections. 

Christ gave no remedies in any form to cure disease or destroy 
germs in all of the thousands of cases He healed of all kinds of 
disease. (He knew that germs could not cause disease.) Christ 
said to His apostles that if any were sick among you to call the 
elders of the church and lay hands on them and pray with them, 
and if they had committed many sins they would be forgiven 
them. What about the germs in such healing as this ? 

Bishop Foster asks is it possible to imagine that the Infinite 
did create such a being, and open before Himself and before it 
such a prospect, and nourish it with the idea only that He might 
dash the beautiful vase and scatter all its increase in one mad 
moment! Geo. B. Wendling says: "Remember, however, that 
throughout all nature even' created object fitly serves some dis- 
coverable purpose, and is fully capable of performing its mission. 
God made three great forces, viz.. vital force, chemical affinity 
and gravitation, and those three great forces will explain to man 
all of His works of creation." 

This same vital force that makes us sick restores us to health 
again. The force embodied in chemical affinity will both destroy 
and preserve its powers. We might say that the blow given a 
stick of dynamite was the cause of its explosion, the blow was the 
occasion and not the cause, chemical affinity caused the ex- 
plosion. A thoughtful writer says : These chemical forces that 
will reduce the matter of the body to dust, do not explain how it 
has been built from the dust, and preserved from year to year 
and its destructive forces have been curbed while life remains in 
the flesh. 

Also the law of gravitation both floats the balloon or dashes it 
to earth again and destroys it. What cured Job of his sores after 
all the doctors tantalized and persecuted him with their vaunted 
cures. He replied to them that "ye are all forgers oi lies, ye are 
physicians of no value." Did germs cause Job's sores? What 

The Mission of Germs. 295 

caused the issue of blood to cease after she had spent all her liv- 
ing on the doctors for the past twelve years? Faith cured and 
not germs eradicated. 

Cases like these are fully sufficient to explode and convince 
any intelligent or observing or investigating mind the great 
fallacious decision of bacteriologists that germs are the cause of 
disease. Bacteriologists at the present time have found some sixty 
or more germs in disease, they will find that there are many 
thousands more beyond the power of chemistry or the microscope 
to reveal, as God's creative power is endless. Who by searching 
can find out God? The wisdom of all the nations combined is 
naught but foolishness with Him. Astronomers find galaxy after 
galaxy of stars beyond the powers of the most powerful tele- 
scopes to reveal, and thus it will be with the study of germs and 
bacteria. Man cannot find out God. 

It has been tested and thoroughly proved that healthy human 
blood will destroy as quick as a stroke of lightning all germs 
known when put into healthy blood. This was a wise act of the 
Creator thus to protect man, so that germs could not destroy him. 
This test proves incontestably that germs cannot cause disease, as 
so many scientific men claim. All the human race would be dis- 
eased and destroyed if this were true. 

After Adam and Eve's disobedience to God sins of man were 
entailed upon him, and diseases of all types and kind man brought 
on himself through sin. To prove that man was the first cause of 
disease read Old Testament history. The most loathsome dis- 
eases man suffered from sin and sinful practices and produced 
syphilis, sycosis and psora, which have cursed the human race 
ever after. The history of prostitution written by Dr. Sanger, of 
Xew York City, is the most complete history of the origin of the 
first cause of disease and traced from Egyptian times, and is so 
replete with interest the reader never tires of its reading. 

All diseases come from sin, transgression of nature's laws, the 
laws of health, and all sin is of the devil. 

If germs caused disease why not all be sick, when we are con- 
stantly exposed to their power? Tainted or soiled money or oth ••• 
articles or substances as groceries and nearly all foods are alive 
with bacteria and germs, and always will be where dirt and filth 
is existing. It is claimed that diphtheria was caused in a child by 

296 The Mission of Genus. 

putting a soiled penny in its mouth. If the secretions of the 
child's mouth had been in a healthy condition diphtheria nor any 
disease could not be contracted. The diphtheria soil was present 
in the child's mouth and no other form of diseased soil. We con- 
sume enormous quantities of germs every day with our food ;ind 
drink ; they do not cause disease. A noted pathologist spread his 
bread thoroughly with germs of all kinds and ate it freely with 
impunity to test the power of germs. 

Why can we do this? Simply because we are in health and 
they have no power over us, the secretions of the salivaiy glands 
and the stomach are in a healthy condition, and these secretions 
destroy them rapidly when they are brought in contact with these 
secretions. This also was a wise act of the Creator to protect us 
from disease. 

Germs never attack a healthy person, always one out of the 
line of health. Germs never come until the proper soil is fur- 
nished them to feed and propagate on. Germs have no power of 
their own to cause disease, we must supply the right conditions 
and soil. 

If we should examine a portion of our food eaten, with the lens 
of a powerful microscope, we would see it alive with germs and 
bacteria, but the secretions of the glands of the mouth and 
stomach destroy them rapidly when the secretions are normal. 

We must supply the condition or soil, or be susceptible to dis- 
ease, then the germs for that special soil will come and feed upon 

We must be out of the line of health for germs to attack us. 

Diseases and tumors do not come and make us sick but come 
because we are susceptible and sick. 

Germs are scavengers and purifiers, and always seek for filth 
and impurities, the same as bedbugs and cock roaches, which 
always denote uncleanliness when you find them. 

Horace Fletcher says in his work on Happiness, on p. 208, 
mosquitoes are said to breed in malarial conditions, and for the 
purpose of absorbing the malaria. 

Flies do not exist except in conditions of ferment, and are of 
greatest service in carrying it away. Roaches are splendid scav- 
engers, and are a result, and not a cause, of unclean conditions. 
Our warfare should be waged against unclean and inharmonious 

The Mission of Germs. 297 

conditions, and not against the purifiers and harmonizers of the 

When the germs' work of purifying is finished in a case of dis- 
ease, where do they go then ? for there are thousands and millions 
more of them than when they began their work. We know that 
many thousands of them die when their work is done, yet their 
forces are so much increased, why do they not renew their attack 
on the same person, or other members in the family, and make 
them sick, and not leave a good field to renew their labors on some 
other person ? 

If germs are the cause of disease, why are not all sick in the 
city of Berlin, where the canal empties into the river Spree, 
where there is a medley of rebellious smells and odors that 
cannot be suppressed and a hot bed of bacterial germs? Be- 
cause the people are not susceptible and are in the line of 
health. What about the germs of fear? Fear is a fruitful 
occasion in the causes of disease of the most virulent form, 
as small-pox, cholera and yellow fever, etc., which can be at- 
tested to and verified by thousands of physicians and other good 
competent people. Who has seen the germs of fear? or what is 
their size and color? We have one of the most complete works 
written on the effects of fear by Dr. Tuk, of London, "On the 
Influence of Fear on the Body." This most excellent work is ac- 
knowledged by the medical profession as standard authority, and 
reading it will convince the most skeptical of the deleterious 
effects of fear on the human body to cause disease. We know the 
results and effects of fear from exposure to the above named dis- 
eases. We also have an excellent chapter written by Dr. Wm. 
H. Holcomb, on "The Influences of Fear in Disease ;" in Horace 
Fletcher's work on "Happiness," page 223, Appendix A, which 
cannot be excelled. Diphtheria germs have been found repeatedly 
by bacteriologists in healthy persons' mouths, and caused them to 
be put under strict quarantine. Therefore, germs are not the 
prime factor in causing diphtheria. If so, why found on healthy 
mucous surfaces ? As stated, diphtheria is a filth disease, same as 
typhoid fever; we must furnish the soil from bad hygienic con- 
ditions before the germs come. Bacteriologists have found a 
leprosy germ. What became of them in the case of Xaman, the 
Syrian leper, who was cured of that most loathsome and fatal 

298 The Mission of Germs. 

disease by simply dipping in the river Jordan seven times? The 
doctors were at that time very skeptical, as they are at the present 
day, and were positive there were some chemical or medicinal prop- 
erties contained in the water that killed the germs and effected a 
cure, but by the most careful chemical tests, no medicinal prop- 
erties were found. 

We are told in Holy Writ what it was cured. Faith and obedi- 
ence. Germs have no power any more than drugs or food has to 
act on vital force. Vital force acts on food and drugs, and not 
food and drugs on vital force. Vital force digests and assimilates 
food. Food cannot act on vital force, if so food would restore, 
life again to a corpse. 

Remember life is always from life. We cannot get something 
from nothing. Also remember that the sun does not rise in the 
east and set in the west, as we have always been taught ; but the 
earth revolves around the sun, not the sun around the earth. Now 
as to drug action on the body as we have always been taught is 

Opium given or any drug in the materia medica, vital force 
acts in the line of the drug given to the sick. The chemical prop- 
erties in the drug do not act on the vital force, but the vital 
force liberates it and sets it free for vital force to act upon. After 
the system is cleansed from disease the germs cease and leave for 
other fields of work. If they were the cause of disease as man sup- 
poses, why after he has gained his health, the same germs have it 
in their power to attack him again and again repeatedly and cause 
his death. 

As there are thousands or millions more germs after four or six 
weeks of sickness to make a renewed attack than at first, this 
disproves the mere theory of cause. 

As yellow fever has its own special germ and its own soil as- 
signed to it, now this honor is taken away, and the cause is charg- 
ed to a certain kind or type of the mosquito family. How is it to 
be reconciled? We know positively that people have the yellow 
fever in localities where this kind of mosquito is not known. How 
will they explain this charge to the mosquito? Also in localities 
where this mosquito is abundant, many persons bitten by 
it do not have this fever. The mosquitoes may be the occasion in 
a susceptible person but not the cause. This mosquito is certainly 

The Mission of Germs. 299 

a very large germ and readily seen with the naked eye, and in its 
warning buzzing will cause a strong man to flee from it, or cause 
a whole camp of people to flee from its presence. Fear in these 
cases is the strongest in susceptible persons to have this fever, 
which has been abundantly proved by many of our ablest and 
most experienced physicians in their localities. Bacteriologists 
lately claim that they have found the female mosquito (stegomia) 
is the one that causes yellow fever from its bite and not the male, 
but this female mosquito has ahvays to bite a yellow fever patient 
first before it can cause the fever. If this female (stegomia) is 
the cause, where did the first case of yellow fever have its origin 
without the bite of this peculiar mosquito ? This proves positively 
that the delusion that the bite of this mosquito is the cause of 
yellow fever is false. This also proves that the mosquito is the 
occasion, and is not the first cause of the fever. 

What kind of a germ, think you, affected a certain man of 
the Gadarenes of many devils who had no clothes on and was 
kept bound with chains and fetters, and would brake them all 
from the severity of his malady? He asked what have I to do 
with Thee Jesus Thou Son of God Most High, I beseech Thee 
torment me not. Jesus asked him, "What is thy name?" and he 
said, "Legion," because many devils were entered into him. 

It may be claimed by bacteriologists that Christ performed 
so great cures similar to this, and many severe fevers and other 
types of disease, that this healing power was vested in Him by 
His Father to do such cures and restore the dead to life. If 
Christ did cure fevers and diseases, this would conflict with His 
Father's will, and His Father would punish Him severely, as His 
Father created germs to cure disease, and Christ would not dis- 
obey His Father's will in destroying germs. Do germs cause 
scarlet fever? Cases to follow. My father's family of six chil- 
dren ; my brother who was about eight years old had scarlet fever 
very severe, and his life was despaired of, and a severe complica- 
tion of dropsy as a sequel, and he fully recovered his health ; 
eight years after my youngest sister has a very severe course of 
it and recovered, then about eight years after my sister had it my 
aunt, who was visiting our family, and her child some two or 
three years old had it so severe that for some days her life was 
despaired of, but she eventually recovered, and none of the rest 

300 The Mission of Germs. 

of the family contracted it, and all of us five other children were 
in the same room day after day, when those three others had it at 
intervals of eight years. 

Also in Zora Haydon's family, a nearby neighbor, of nine chil- 
dren, one of the boys some eight years old had a severe and a 
long course of scarlet fever and a long, slow recovery on account 
of dropsy as a complication, and died a few years after as a 
result of its sequel, and none of the other eight children had 
the fever. If it is so contagious as we are taught, and germs are 
the cause, why did not the rest of the children in these two fami- 
lies have the fever? This proves that all of the rest of the mem- 
bers in the two families were in the line of health and not suscepti- 
ble to its influence, and did not furnish the soil for the scarlet 
fever germs to feed upon. 

Also in these two families condition and environment had a 
good opportunity to test the germ's power to cause this fever, as 
in these two families the children were not segregated, but all 
lived in the same rooms day after day. I have attended many 
cases of scarlet fever in families where only one or two of the 
family out of four or five children have it of a severe type, when 
the germs were certainly plentiful enough to cause the fever in 
the others exposed if they had the power vested in them. We 
know that there are enormous quantities of germs of all kinds of 
disease eaten every day, in rare meats and badly cooked foods, 
and do not cause disease of any kind. 

As has been stated, we know that typhoid fever and diphtheria 
are caused from filth, and their most fruitful source is from the 
exhalations of human excrement or leaching of these excrements 
in the soil, water sources, cesspool, wells, cisterns, sewers, etc. If 
typhoid fever is contagious and caused by a germ, why are not 
more or all persons exposed to those germs sick with the fever, as 
so large a number of people have partaken of the same polluted 
water or milk or inhale the exhalations from any and every con- 
taminated source? I have known of many families who have 
drank of the same polluted water or milk for weeks and months 
and only one or two in families of six or eight persons had the 
fever. If a germ is the cause why do not all of the people who live 
in cities, towns and country who have drank and eaten and in- 
haled these germs for long periods of time, all such have the 

The Mission of Genus. 301 

fever? We know positively that we have to furnish the condi- 
tions and environment and soil and render ourselves susceptible 
through bad sanitation and unhygienic habits of living, and we 
first become sick and then the typhoid germs come to aid us to 
cleanse and purify and to recover our health again, and when 
their work is done, they do not renew their attack on us again, for 
there is no more diseased food for them to feed upon, and the soil 
is rendered obnoxious to them, as they never thrive in and attack 
a healthy person. If we have a relapse we are the cause of the 
relapse and not the germs. We cause our relapse by some errors 
of diet or bad treatment or nursing. These germs are scavengers 
and purifiers. If all our health boards would make personal visi- 
tations, and then strictly enforce sanitary laws, they would 
nearly eradicate typhoid and diphtheria from all communities and 
localities, for we know positively that these two diseases cannot 
exist where we have purity and good sanitation. This same law 
will hold good in diseases like small-pox. cholera, yellow fever 
and malaria in all its forms ; this law has been partially tested in 
large cities where the above named diseases were endemic, also 
the yellow fever in Xew Orleans was checked by cleansing the 
city and not charging the cause to the dreaded female mosquito, 
the stegomia. I have treated a large number of cases of typhoid 
for over forty years, and have rarely seen it endemic in either city, 
town or country, and generally sporadic cases, as one or two in a 
family of six or eight persons in any of the above named localities, 
which prove that all persons were not susceptible to the fever. 
(We recall the pathologist who spread cholera germs on his bread 
and ate it without producing any ill effects. Why? Because he 
was in health.) In sections, of country where the fever prevailed, 
I found their water closets within a few feet of the well, also 
their slops thrown near the well and contaminated the drinking 
water, also large pits dug and filled with cobble stones, and all of 
their refuse and slops ran into these pits, and then leached into the 
wells or cellars for them to inhale the exhalations, and when in 
the fall of the year the well at the house became dry they resorted 
to the well at the barn or barnyard or some well in low, swampy 
land, and in their use of such drinking water there were only 
sporadic cases. Xow if germs were the cause of typhoid fever. 
why were there not more than one or two cases in these families 

302 The Crucial Test of Nux Moschata. 

attacked, when all of them drank daily of this contaminated well 
water or breathed night and day from the gases from these cess- 
pools and pits and old wells near the house where they let all of 
the slops or privy or refuse discharge into them ? Also they used 
and drank the milk freely from the cows that drank the water 
from the barn or barnyard and wells, or dead stagnant water 
from low stagnant rivers or low marshy land or ponds and creeks. 
What kind of germs cause appendicitis? It is very evident that it 
is caused by improper foods and errors in eating, also adenoids in 
children. These diseases were not known years ago ; they are 
caused by pappy or sloppy or predigested foods, which require no 
act of chewing, and not being properly insalivated in the act of 
eating. What kind of germs, think you, caused the deaths of 
Presidents Garfield and McKinley ? Garfield's vital forces put up 
a big fight of almost three months to save him, but the expert 
surgeons probed him to death, and not surgical germs. Mc- 
Kinley was all O. K. for the first nine days and no fever, and he 
would have recovered if the learned experts in their wisdom had 
not interfered with nature's resources and fed him and brought 
on the surgical fever which caused his death. If they had given 
him nothing but pure cold water and waited until he asked for 
food, no doubt but that he would have lived. 


By Edmund Carleton, M. D., New York City. 

In some unremembered publication, it is impossible to say when 
or where, I have read how the ape indulges his natural fondness 
for nutmeg ; falls into profound sleep in consequence ; and then is 
captured by wily man. The nurse of yore was accustomed to 
offer panada, generously spiced with nutmeg, to the puerperal 
woman. The multipara, suffering with after pains, felt much 
better after eating the panada. My first study of the provings 
of Nux moschata upon the healthy impressed me with the ability 
of the nut to produce great sleepiness and long sleep ; a dry- 
tongue which will stick to the roof of the mouth ; a cool skin and 

*Read before the Homoeopathic Medical Society of the County of New 
York, October 10, 1907. 

The Crucial Test of Nux Moschata. 303 

disturbance of the emotional and sexual spheres, especially in 
women. My constitution is such that the foregoing outlines come 
instantly to view, when Nux moschata or the corresponding clini- 
cal problem is presented. Study and clinical experience are add- 
ing to this picture ; but the original sketch of it, given above, was 
engraved upon my memory. 

I hold in my hand the monograph of Nux moschata compiled 
by Hering with the assistance of his Philadelphia colleagues. It 
is rare. I only obtained it through the kindness of Dr. T. L. 
Bradford. It summarizes the life work of Dr. C. E. Helbig and 
his contributing associates. Of Nux moschata Hering says: 
''There is not another drug in our materia medica as fully and as 
comprehensively treated." The symptoms considered character- 
istic are indicated by finger points. They are : White coated 
tongue. Dry mouth and throat. Bad smell from mouth. While 
eating, soon satisfied. Bearing down in the belly. Soft stool ex- 
pelled with difficulty. Burning in the urethra when passing 
water. Menorrhagia ; blood thick, dark with such as have had 
catamenia very irregularly. Pain in sacrum when riding in a 
carriage. Lassitude from the least exertion. Disposition to 
faint. Drowsiness. Complaints orginating from cold, especially 
wet cold. Pains and febrile symptoms alleviated by external 
warmth. Cool, dry skin, but sensitive to the air. All the parts on 
which one lies ache as if sore. 

What delights me is the marking of highest value affixed by 
Boenninghausen to some symptoms to properly emphasize them. 
Among the symptoms thus distinguished are drowsiness, sleepi- 
ness and great sleep. All the symptoms thus marked by Boen- 
ninghausen are faithfully recorded in the Guiding Symptoms, 
with which you are familiar. 

Hahnemann said: "Nux moschata is one of the greatest poly- 
chrests (at least here in Paris), and is second to none except to 

One purpose of this brief paper is to stimulate the presenta- 
tion here, to-night, of clinical experiences with this medicine at 
the hands of careful prescribers, which shall bring out prominently 
and verify some of the characteristic symptoms of Nux moschata. 
Who has not seen great results from this medicine in the treatment 
of apoplexy, catalepsy, delirium, mania, weak memory, diseases 

304 The Crucial Test of Nux Moschata. 

of the nervous system, fainting, exaggerated emotions, typhoid 
fever, ulceration of the umbilicus and umbilical hernia ; in dis- 
orders of menstruation, pregnancy and lactation ; in gout and 
rheumatism, all accompanied with great sleepiness? Tell us the 
characteristic indications for the remedy in each case. That we 
may have sufficient time for your valuable contributions my own 
clinical illustration shall be restricted to one case, and allow me to 
preface it with the truism that, provided he has "taken" the case 
as Hahnemann directed, the physician is not to be adjudged guilty 
of making selection of the remedy upon insufficient evidence, 
though in that work he has credited one grand characteristic with 
being relatively more important than many common symptoms. 

The patient alluded to was a young lady in literary pursuits. 
Her nerves had given out in consequence of continued hard work 
and worriment. The malady had successfully defied the efforts 
of an eminent specialist, who gave no allegiance to the law of 
cure. The patient slept most of the time. It was a heavy sleep, 
from which she was not easily awakened, but presented no other 
unusual features. When she awoke her eyes were dry, and she 
said that her "tongue was so dry that it stuck to the roof of her 
mouth." She felt exhausted and would not arise from the bed. 
The skin was dry and cool. The abdomen was distended but not 
sore. There was no fever. There were flatulence and loose 
stools. Menstruation was late and scanty. 

My attention was immediately directed to nutmeg. All the 
symptoms which have been mentioned were found to have been 
produced in healthy persons by it. I gave Nux moschata in the 
two hundredth centesimal potency, to the sick person, and she 
was cured by it safely, speedily and easily. 

Another purpose of this paper is to get your counsel in the 
following matter: The sleeping sickness is depopulating large 
districts in Africa, and constantly enlarging its field of operations, 
as you know. It was formerly supposed to afflict the negro only, 
but now, to his dismay, the white man finds himself not immune. 
It demands the life of its victim, and will not relent. It is said to 
be caused by a parasite, the Trypanosoma gambiense, which is 
conveyed into the human system by the sting of the tsetse fly, 
Glossina palpalis. Koch is on the ground investigating the aeti- 
ology of the disease. May success attend those endeavors. We 

The Crucial Test of Nux Moschata. 305 

want to know the disease and its cause and what to avoid. If 
Koch will work along that line and leave curative measures to 
those who understand the science of therapeutics we will applaud 

Quain describes the disease as follows : 

"Anatomical Characters. — Manifestly sleeping sickness is a 
brain disease, and in the two cases of which the organs were 
recently examined under the most favorable conditions, Mott 
showed that the essential lesion is an extensive meningo-encepha- 
litis, sections of the brain showing extensive and possibly general 
infiltration of the blood vessels with leucocytes. Xo gross lesion 
was discovered in either case. 

"Symptoms. — Xegro lethargy attacks both sexes and all ages; 
it is stated to have a predilection for the young, vigorous and in- 
telligent of about eighteen or twenty. It commences insidiously 
with lassitude, muscular and intellectual debility, often morose- 
ness and an irresistible tendency to fall asleep at unwonted times 
and even while at work. Dull headache is sometimes complained 
of, but not always. A tottering and unsteady gait, as if from 
weakness, is a frequent and early symptom, as is also a peculiar 
and pathognomonic fades; the upper eyelids droop as if weighed 
down by sleep, the eyes are lustreless and the face puffy, and the 
expression is sad or taciturn. The memory becomes weak and 
the senses dull. Little by little, sometimes interrupted by decep- 
tive periods of arrest or improvement, the state of torpor becomes 
intensified, so that after a time sleep is nearly continuous ; or, if 
not asleep, the patient will lie with closed eyes in an apathetic 
condition from which he can be aroused with difficulty. He may 
generally be got to reply to questions, but he is unable to sustain 
a conversation, and speedily relapses into his habitual state of 
lethargy. At this stage, were he not roused to take food he 
would starve to death ; even after being roused up, so great is the 
somnolence that he may fall asleep again in the act of conveying 
food to his mouth or during mastication. There may be some 
evening rise of temperature, but for the most part the skin is 
absolutely cold, the patient evidently feeling chilly and liking to 
lie asleep in the hot sun. Examination fails to detect any disease 
of the thoracic or abdominal viscera ; the deep reflexes are pre- 
served. Although appetite and digestion generally continue un- 

306 The Crucial Test of Nux Moschata. 

impaired, towards the end of the disease the body wastes ; the 
sphincters may fail to act, and extensive bed sores may form. 
Limited areas of skin may become anaesthetic. Muscular tremor 
is frequently noted, and as the disease advances, localized mus- 
cular spasms or general convulsions may supervene. Death may 
occur during one of these convulsions, or it may be brought about 
by simple inanition or by some intercurrent disease. A certain 
proportion of the cases exhibit maniacal symptoms at an early 
stage ; these may subside or recur or persist for a variable period 
before the development of the characteristic somnolence. En- 
largement of the cervical glands and of the salivary glands with 
a degree of salivation and an itching papular or papulo-vesicular 
eruption on the chest and limbs are said to be almost invariably 
observed. The symptoms described are not all present in every 
case, and the individual features vary much in different instances, 
in degree and combination and rate of progress. Progress may be 
rapid or slow, so that the duration of sleeping sickness is vari- 
ously stated at from four to five months to as many years. Cases 
are on record in which recovery seemed to take place, to be fol- 
lowed, however, almost invariably, sooner or later, by relapse and 
death. It is doubtful, indeed, if permanent recovery ever really 
does take place. The negro smitten with sleeping sickness con- 
siders himself and is looked upon by his companions as doomed. " 
Doubtless a homoeopathic physician after observing a number 
of cases would report additional symptoms, modalities and indi- 
vidual peculiarities, but presuming that civilization, or, more prop- 
erly speaking, diabolism, has so far spared native Africans many 
of the diseases constantly seen in Europe and America, each of 
them exhibiting symptoms peculiar to itself which would modify 
the otherwise uniform expressions of an epidemic disease, we may 
reasonably infer that an epidemic in Africa will demand a com- 
paratively small number of remedies ; therefore, we appear to 
have some right to base a prescription upon the known symptoms 
just read. They lack the suffused face and over-circulation of 
alcohol, and the contracted pupil, stertor and slow pulse of 
Opium. The favoring eruption and opposing sweat of Anti- 
monium tartaricum attract notice ; its sleepiness also, which, how- 
ever, does not eventuate in profound, undisturbed sleep. Bap- 
tisia tinctoria is possible, although its disturbed sleep and mental 

The Crucial Test of Nux Moschata. 307 

restlessness disagree with our case. The ecstacy and dilated pupil 
of cocaine are inimical. Chloral-hydrate may not be dismissed, 
but its characteristic red and watery eyes are against it. The 
Apium virus patient shrieks and is restless. Helleborus has 
spasms. The occasional patient may require Hyoscyamus, but in 
general, it is too restless and spasmodic. Phosphoric acid is close, 
barring its night sweats. Rhus toxicodendron is too restless. 
Stramonium has snoring and convulsions. Nux moschata fur- 
nishes a great resemblance. There may be a flaw in the simi- 
larity of the mouth symptoms, but the occasional salivation of 
Nux moschata should not be forgotten, nor the bleeding gums 
and bloody sputum. Its mania, staggering, cool skin, desire for 
heat and dryness, bed sores and profound sleep entitle it to first 
place among remedies, and warrant great hopes of its efficacy. 

In 1894, Reverend Wilson S. Naylor, assistant to Bishop Hart- 
zell, of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at my request put into the 
hands of Missionary N. P. Dodson, at Angola, Africa, a dram vial 
of Nux moschata two hundredth centesimal potency, with the 
request to use it in the first case of sleeping sickness that offered 
opportunity, and to let me know the result. Mr. Dodson dis- 
claims to be a physician, but he saw one case which he con- 
sidered to be sleeping sickness ; gave the contents of the vial, and 
saw the patient get well to all appearances. Sometime later, I 
have not learned how long afterwards, the young man became 
sick with some disease which was considered to be epilepsy, with 
a fatal result. At Bishop Hartzell's request I have recently sent 
a supply of the medicine to Angola. He promises to have it used. 

Question : May not the hitherto incurable sleeping sickness be 
subjugated by similia by applying the individual remedy to the 
individual case? I hope so. Among the medicines which are 
likely to be needed Nux moschata seems to be the most con- 
spicuous. What say you ? 


My attention has been called to the news of the day, which is 
that Koch is pleased with the results of his experiments with 
atoxyl upon sick people. 

According to Professor Coblentz, of Columbia University, 
"atoxyl is meta arsenic acid anilid, which mav be considered as 

308 Hydrophobin. 

anilin, C 6 H 5 NH 2 , in which one H of the amido group (NH 2 ) is 
replaced by the meta arsenic acid rest, or radicle As0 2 , meta 
arsenic acid being As 2 OH. Atoxyl is a white powder, soluble 
in six parts of water ( ?) and contains 37.7 per cent, of arsenic, 
which is very firmly united in the organic molecule. It is claimed 
to be forty times less toxic than liquor Fowleri. Dose, 0.05 to 
2 gm. daily, subcutaneously, in a 15 to 20 per cent, solution. Pre- 
pared by the United Chemical Works in Berlin." 

Koch is said to consider atoxyl "as much of a specific for 
sleeping sickness as quinine is for malaria." Xow everybody 
knows that quinine is not a specific for malaria. Quinine often 
suppresses and does not cure chills and fever, because it is not 
similar to, and, therefore, the proper medicine for that individual 
case. The patient is then worse off than before. 

Experiments upon sick people have been rejected by Hahne- 
mann and his adherents for good, sufficient, well understood and 
accepted reasons. The results of such experiments have no stand- 
ing with us. We also experiment ; but always upon healthy 
people ; and the symptoms thus obtained are utilized according to 
similia for the benefit of the sick. The symptoms which quinine 
produces in healthy people indicate what kind of a case of malaria 
needs quinine. Does atoxyl produce symptoms in healthy people 
closely resembling those symptoms of sleeping sickness which 
appear in my paper ? Where is the record of those provings ? I 
challenge its production. I should like to read it that I may know 
to what kind of a case of sleeping sickness atoxyl is similar and 
therefore applicable. 

Enough of empiricism ! Homceopathists will not abandon cer- 
tainty for uncertainty, in imitation of the dog in the fable, that 
dropped his piece of meat into the brook while grasping at the 
unsubstantial image of meat which was reflected in the water. 


Concerning this drug introduced by Hering, and, in the usual 
cumbersome manner, exploited by the Pasteur Institute, Hering 
wrote: "When in Philadelphia I happened to fall in with a 
dog in a state of decided rabies ; while he was still living and 
shaken with convulsions I gathered some of his saliva, triturated 

The Therapeutic Nihilist. 309 

it, and soon convinced myself by actual experiment that it was a 
remarkably efficient remedy. I have cured dogs in the first stage 
of rabies with it, and also ulcers remaining after the bite of evil 
disposed dogs. All those who were bitten by a dog reputed mad 
to whom I administered Hydrofhobin continued well." 

"A man became disordered in mind and was constantly anxious 
from fear that he had been bitten by a mad dog, and was about to 
become hydrophobic ; this anxiety continually increased, and was 
a constant source of uneasiness to the whole family. I gave him 
a dose of Hydrophobia, carefully abstaining from mentioning 
what it was in order not to excite his imagination, and even stat- 
ing that it was a very doubtful remedy, as indeed was the truth. 
In a week he was almost free from his fearful state, and asked 
me whether that was accidental." The case made complete re- 

"I had in the meanwhile taken the third step. If the Hydro- 
phobic virus will produce effects, why will not other morbid prod- 
ucts? Pus from the eruption of small-pox, and finally from the 
itch-pustules were the next subjects of experiments." 

"I have for the present named the remedies contained in this 
entire division of the Materia Medica nosodes, and understand 
by this term morbid products, and especially the active salts 

To-day we have serums for practically every known disease 
with a "virus," i. e., "germ" applied generally on the principles 
just quoted from Hering written sixty years ago. The chief differ- 
ence is that the serums have more show and glitter about them 
and cost enormously ; also they are more dangerous to the pa- 
tient and less efficacious than the nosodes. The serum men 
would depend on serums alone, while the homoeopath knows that 
such remedies are but intercurrent remedies. 


The therapeutic nihilist is a person for whom nearly every one 
has a brick-bat ready, and is not averse to hurling it when occa- 
sion offers. This species of nihilist is found almost exclusively in 
the haunts of the old school, though occasionally one is found in 
the domain of Homoeopathy ; in the latter realm he is always one 

310 The Sympathetic Nerve. 

who has never had a chance to use good drugs, does not know 
how when the opportunity offers, or is afflicted with the curious 
obsession that it is his powerful personality that cures. His case 
is hopeless, it is le grosse tete for which no cure is known unless 
it be one so radical that when completed there is very little left of 
the patient. 

But for those of the species found roaming the allopathic 
regions there is some hope. Generally they are so big that it is 
unsafe for their fellows to brick-bat them. The hope for them is 
in their honesty. When young they were taught that the correct 
thing is mercury in syphilis, quinine in malaria, iron in simple 
anaemia, arsenic in pernicious anaemia, thyroid extract in cretinism 
and myxcedema, antitoxin in diphtheria, digitalis in cardiac dis- 
orders, sodium salicylate in muscular rheumatism, strychnine in 
adynaemia, and so on. They go through the mill and afterwards 
become therapeutic nihilists. What else can they be? When 
taught the above rigamarole they are also most earnestly warned 
against the danger that threatens all who ever venture near Ho- 
moeopathy ; they know nothing about it, neither do their teachers, 
it being merely a case of "beware of the dog!" When one of 
these nihilists plucks up courage to look into the region against 
which they are warned they become singularly expert homoeop- 
athists. Hahnemann was a very complete old school therapeutic 
nihilist, but he did not blame the drugs for the miserable results 
that followed their administration, but questioned . the "authori- 
ties," questioned their knowledge, demonstrated its worthlessness, 
and gave in its stead the true science of the use of drugs in the 
cure of disease. 


By E. R. Mclntyre, M. D. 

Many years ago I became interested in the fact that practically 
all of my patients in whom Aconite was indicated were made sick 
by some sudden shock to the cutaneous capillaries, as from cold 
wind, sudden change of temperature, etc. But at that time I was 

The Sympathetic Nerve. 311 

unable to find an explanation that was satisfactory to my own 
mind. I had some crude ideas on the subject, but was wholly at 
a loss for anything tangible. I found that all of our authorities 
on materia medica taught that Aconite produces congestion by 
acting through the cerebro-spinal nervous system. And I be- 
lieved this to be true until I learned that this system has abso- 
lutelv nothing to do with the circulation of the blood. This being 
true, I could not see how it would be possible to get congestion 
through its action. But since all vascular action is controlled by 
the sympathetic system, so-called, congestion must result from 
some disturbance in this system. 

But when we attempt to trace the action of drugs we realize 
that our provers have all failed to record a very important part of 
their work, viz., the relative time of appearance of the different 
symptoms in their provings. And so we have a mass of symp- 
toms thrown together without system, from which we are ex- 
pected to get what we may, but with no possibility of obtaining 
the true picture of any drug. However, the first symptom of 
Aconite seems to be tingling in the ends of the fingers, mouth and 
throat. This shows that its action begins in the peripheral nerve 
ends. Later there are indications that deeper structures are in- 

Now if we compare these facts with the course of a case of 
pneumonia which calls for Aconite, we find that the primary shock 
was received by the cutaneous capilary vaso-motor nerves (peri- 
pheral sympathetic), resulting in their (temporary) spasmodic 
contraction, which drove the blood from the surface to the in- 
ternal organs, and later the symptoms of congestion appeared in 
the thoracic viscera. I have mentioned pneumonia because it 
illustrates the course of all other diseases calling for Aconite, only 
differing in the organs involved, and because it is a common con- 
dition. In this connection I might say that after the lungs are 
congested the so-called pneumonia germ can find suitable pabulum 
for its maintenance, and the blood having lost its power of self- 
preservation, the germ can live in the tissues, because they are 
already diseased. All diseases calling for Aconite have their 
primary beginning at the periphery of the sympathetic nerves, and 
extend toward the centers. 

It is well known that Belladonna is rarelv indicated in anv of 

312 The Sympathetic Nerve. 

the eruptive fevers except scarlet fever, in which the eruption 
appears very early. The first symptom of this drug is dryness of 
the fauces, and the next dilated pupils (peripheral symptoms), 
and this even when administered by injections. The red face is 
also peripheral and an early symptom. My experience has been 
that all diseases in which Belladonna is indicated begin in the peri- 
phery, and later show disturbance in the central organs (brain, 
spinal cord, etc.). 

The extreme nausea and vomiting of Ipecac are never forgotten 
by the victim as the first symptom or manifestation of its action. 
No one doubts that this results from irritation to the peripheral 
nerve ends in the mucous membrane of the stomach. The more 
central and general symptoms appear later, and even "key- 
note" prescribers recognize this first symptom as a key-note for 
the administration of Ipecac. 

Profuse watery diarrhoea is an early symptom of Podophyllum, 
the other symptoms coming later. What does this tell us ? That 
Podophyllum begins its action in the Billroth-Meisner plexus 
(peripheral nerves). 

I have selected these four of our most common remedies for 
acute diseases because their symptoms are so well known. Xow 
let us compare their beginning and the course of their action with 
four well known chronic remedies, so-called, or, more properly, 
our deep acting drugs. How different in its origin and course of 
action from those given above is Arsenicum, whose primary action 
(except in poisonous doses which corrode the tissues by simple 
contact), is profound, striking down of the centers of the life 
forces so that the patient is utterly prostrated. This appears long 
before the characteristic blood changes and cutaneous affections. 
When we find an Arsenicum skin trouble we always find a patient 
who has been "ailing" for a long time, and we never expect quick 
results because the skin (peripheral nerves) is the last point 
reached in the action of the drug. 

The Calcarea patient always has a history of disturbance in the 
general nutrition long before the enlarged glands on the surface. 
He shows profound weakness, abnormal development of the ab- 
domen, deficient lime in the bones and the characteristic "pot- 
bellied" appearance, not infrequently from infancy. Late in the 
course of his trouble the cutaneous symptoms appear. 

The Sympathetic Nerve. 313 

In Silicea we can always find that the patient has long noticed 
some central disturbance like "weakness and sense of debility" 
before the external manifestations in the form of boils, suppura- 
tion, etc. It may be simply a profound sensitiveness to cold air. 
But whatever it is it points directly to the ganglionic centers of 
the sympathetic system as the starting point of disturbed rhythm. 

The patient with a Sulphur rash has been sick for weeks, 
months or years before the eruption appeared on the skin. I 
now have a patient with such an eruption, who gives a history of 
life-long trouble from inherited scrofula (whatever scrofula may 
mean), who is now about 60 years old. The eruption did not 
appear until a year or two ago, and he tells me that he never felt 
so well in his life as he has since it appeared. 

What kind of logic would lead us to apply external means to 
cure such a case? It is the external manifestation of an internal 
disturbance. Remove the cause and the effect will cease. I do 
not wish to be misunderstood. I do not condemn such local 
measures as will relieve some unbearable local irritation or a 
foreign body from the tissues or the evacuation and cleansing of a 
pus sack. He who neglects these is as deeply in error as he who 
by cutting out an enlarged gland or some diseased tissue expects 
to cure the patient by this alone. When such measures are nec- 
essary the patient must always be cured afterwards, by establish- 
ing the normal rhythm through the sympathetic nerves and gang- 
lia. A surgical operation can never do that. Neither can medi- 
cine if we permit a foreign body to remain in the tissues. No one 
who knows anything about the importance of the sympathetic 
nervous system in its relation to the primary cause of disease 
would think of curing a sick person by any local means alone, 
whether surgical or otherwise. 

Several years ago when I began a systematic study of the 
sympathetic nerves for the purpose of making some practical use 
of it in my work, I found that the literature on the subject was 
exceedingly limited and meagre. About all there was to be found 
were a few pages of big words in the general works on anatomy 
with absolutely no practical application. But since that time very 
creditable works have been written on the subject. And we now 
know that this system presides over every function of our body 
not subject to the will ; all our involuntary acts controlling the 

314 The Sympathetic Nerve. 

circulation of the blood and lymph, secretion, absorption, assimila- 
tion, excretion and every step in nutrition. It is the nerve of 
rhythmical action in every organ of our body. It is the balance 
wheel governing the action of the cerebro-spinal system. It ex- 
tends to every organ and tissue in the human body. It unites 
every organ and tissue with every organ and other tissue. A dis- 
turbed condition in any part of it affects every other part. These 
facts cannot be denied by any one who has studied this system of 
nerves. When we admit this we are forced to the conclusion that 
a purely local disease is a physiological impossibility, outside of 
mechanical injury, which very soon becomes systemic, as is well 
known by all who have noted the rise in temperature, etc., and as 
we compare the symptoms and course of acute and chronic diseases, 
so-called, with the physiology of the sympathetic nerves we can 
hardly fail to see that they are the results of agencies whose action 
begins in very different parts of this system, and whose disturbance 
extends in different directions over it. The first disturbance in all 
acute diseases is at some point at the peripheral extremities of the 
sympathetic (the ganglia being understood as central, and the 
nerve fibres peripheral), and extends towards the central ganglia, 
while all chronic diseases have their first disturbance in some of 
the central ganglia, and extend toward the periphery. 

In order for a remedy to be strictly homoeopathic to any dis- 
ease, it must begin its action where the disorder or sickness for 
which it is given began, and extend in the same direction, involv- 
ing the same tissues in the same relative order, and be capable of 
producing in the healthy a similar disturbance of rhythm or de- 
parture from health. 

All remedies indicated in chronic diseases must begin their ac- 
tion in the ganglionic centers. All remedies indicated in purely 
acute diseases must begin their action at the periphery of these 

At first sight these seem broad statements. And outside of 
those who not only believe in the law of similars, but who know 
something of the sympathetic nerves, they will probably not be 
believed. But I only ask them to prove that my position is 

70 State St., Chicago, 111. 

Hernia. 315 

By G. W. Bowen, M. D. 

Inguinal hernia can generally be cured in thirty days' time, and 
avoid the necessity of a surgical operation or the necessity of 
wearing a truss later. A truss is simply a "Dam" with a capital 

A hernia, if reducible, can be cured by closing up the hernia 
ring. This can be done by blood brought there for that especial 
purpose. A patient will be obliged to remain in a recumbent 
posture or in bed only six or eight days. 

From my own observation it is quite certain that three-fourths 
of all the inguinal hernias occur on the left side. The first step 
in the treatment is to see that the intestinal canal is cleared of all 
obstructions and left in a condition where it can remain torpid or 
inactive for three or four days. The diet for a few weeks should 
be such as would be easily digested and assimilated so as to leave 
but little refuse for expulsion. Next is to see that the hernia is 
reduced. Then the hernia ring can be closed so as to preclude 
the possibility of any internal extrusion. Raw flax seed meal 
should then be used for a poultice, as there is nothing better. This 
should be applied hot for the first day, to draw the blood there to 
produce a local congestion, to be followed by an inflammation to 
last for two or three days. This inflammation will soften up the 
hernia ring and cause the growth of muscles to make new ma- 
terial. This inflammation can be easily regulated and controlled 
by the use of the cold compress judiciously applied, not to subdue 
the inflammation but to hold it under control. 

About the fourth day you can commence giving medicine to 
remove the inflammation and carry away the surplus blood no 
longer needed there. A small callosity or induration should be 
allowed to remain for perhaps a month. This is an excess fibrin 
or more material carried there than was used up or needed. 

One vial should be medicated with the first decimal of Bella- 
donna, the other with Nux vomica the first decimal. These should 
be given two or three hours apart for three or four days, then for 
a week five or six hours apart, and for the next month, morning 

*Read before the Indiana Institute of Homoeopathy. 

316 The Potency I Use and Why. 

and night. A small cloth wet with Arnica and water (one-tenth 
Arnica) should be applied occasionally over the place where the 
hernia was. 

About the tenth day the patient should be up and around. Then 
a cotton bandage six or eight inches wide should be put around 
the waist and fastened with a safety pin; the third tail to the 
bandage should be sewed to the back and brought up between the 
limbs and fastened to the bandage around the waist, but before it 
is fastened, a knot should be tied in it just below the hernia and a 
small cotton cloth six or eight inches square should be wet with 
Arnica and water and tied around the bandage just above the 
hernia. The knot will prevent it from slipping down. This should 
be wet with the Arnica and water once or twice a day for a few 
weeks to help give tenacity to the new-made muscles. The pa- 
tient should be requested to wear this bandage for a month or 
more to remind him that he must not lift too heavy. 

Three patients have been cured by this treatment, and two have 
remained well for over three years and have needed no truss 
since. Third was well five months later when I saw him last. 
There are no other remedies needed in treating an inguinal hernia 
except those specified above. 

638 Third Street, Fort Wayne, Ind. 

By Ernest Franz, M. D., Berne, Ind. 

The theme assigned to me to prepare a few brief remarks, had 
been accepted with pleasure, and it shall be my opportunity to 
publicly proclaim my doings as a servant and follower of the law 
of similia similibus curantur. 

Having had the observation in the prescribing of the homoeo- 
pathic remedy from childhood up, first by my father, although a 
layman, who had in possession a so-called family chest, fitted with 
about thirty remedies, prepared in pellets of low attenuation. He 
also had the well known guide of Dr. Lutze, of Germany, and 
following his method precisely the most brilliant results were ob- 

*Read before the Indiana Institute of Homoeopathy, May 20, 1908. 

The Potency I Use and Why. 317 

Upon entering the medical studies with my preceptor, the late 
Dr. P. A. Sprunger, of my town, observations have also been 
that he used mostly the lower potencies, in very few remedies did 
he use anything higher than the 30X. 

And as a close prescriber he was crowned with great success ; 
nevertheless occasions presented themselves that he was at a loss 
to know what to give, and jumping from one remedy to another, 
with aggravations every time, a light dawned in my studies, that 
if by a low potency aggravation would be manifested, cease with 
the drugging and give nature a chance to present a different 
picture, and if by the same symptoms and no amelioration then 
give a higher one. 

When attending lectures at college and listening to the teach- 
ings of our worthy Prof. H. C. Allen, of Chicago, really the true 
teacher in Homoeopathy, my aspirations were that if on entering 
the field of practice I would only follow the art of prescribing the 
higher potencies. 

But very soon I had the experience that my wings which were 
at first carrying me in the lofty air of the high potency alone be- 
came weakened and the feathers steadily dropping out, and the 
consequence I found myself in the lower altitude, which com- 
pelled me to search for the aid given to every student of materia 
medica, as low as even the original tincture when the occasion 

My principal potency in almost every acute disease is selected 
from the 3X. Why? Take a case in severe high fever, I find 
that I can not rely upon the high potency alone, as something 
must be done in order to aid my case, and the lower potency will 
always give me the most speedy result. 

Remedies out of the vegetable and some from the animal king- 
dom I select mostly in the 3X, while the ones out of the mineral 
kingdom are giving me better results in the 6x, I2x and 30X. 

Treating the chronic ailments my experience is that success is 
best obtained by the 200th up to the im or even higher, as high 
as I can get them. 

The nosodes I seldom use lower than the im with the excep- 
tion of one, the Pertussin, which was as yet not obtainable higher 
than the 200th, and wish that it could be gotten in the im or the 
50m, as I know I could get better results, though I have had 

318 The Medical Society. 

with it the most brilliant results in the treatment of whooping 
cough. Boericke & Tafel were the first people to get it from Dr. 
Clark, of London, who also wrote a little book on Pertussin. 

As already stated some remedies from the animal kingdom 
are selected and given in the 3X, the Apis is the only remedy 
which is given in the low potency ; all the others are rarely selected 
lower than the 30X. Not saying by this that Apis is not given in 
a high potency, as you will upon investigation in my prescription 
case, find it in the 200th, im and the C. M. also. 

Years ago I have been using the Natrum mur. in the Schuess- 
ler's preparation of the 3X, but found that it will act better in the 
30X and higher, yes, up to the C. M. 

In order to avoid taking up unnecessary time by going over 
the many remedies which I am using and their potencies, I wish 
to make the statement in summary, that, as I have at my com- 
mand all the remedies in the Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia, I do 
not obligate myself to the use of any potency alone in every case 
as long as I adhere to the similimum ; there is no principal potency 
I mostly use. Why? The selection of the remedy according to 
the indication, in any potency, to the requirement of the indi- 
vidual, even if it should have to be taken from the tincture. 


An anonymous correspondent of the N. Y. Med. Times ad- 
dresses a letter "to the man on the outside" of medical societies. 
He wants to know if you are the man who stands aloof because 
the societies are controlled by "a ring of college professors or 
hospital grafters" who will sneer at you if you try to occupy the 
floor and have "a claque of tail-enders" who applaud all they say? 
But "so far as we can judge it (the medical society) is a place 
where every man stands on his own merits" and so on. Our 
anonymous one also philosophically observes that: "Tastes and 
natural proclivities differ but, so far as we can see, medical teach- 
ers, burglars, etc., have to work harder for the money that they 
get from their profession than from the odd jobs of practice and 
gas fitting, etc., that they do on the side and the hours for the 
former occupations are inconvenient." He also observes that a 

Enforcing the Texas Medical Practice Act. 319 

medical journal is in a sense a medical society. The conclusion 
we draw is that in a medical society, as indeed in every organiza- 
tion, a man is usually sized up at his true worth. Naturally every 
man is not appreciated at the value he puts on himself. All this 
and more looms dimly in Carlyle's Sartor Resartus where, as 
those who have groped their way through the philosophy of Herr 
Teufeldroch therein expounded, know that mankind without 
clothes would at once sink to a ludicrous level, and many an in- 
tellectual giant would move as a shrimp. The point of the whole 
thing is not very refulgent, in fact, it is rather smoky, but it seems 
to be that no man should flock by himself but found a society or 
join one, local, state, national or journalistic, and listen or say his 
say, remembering Herr TVs philosophy. Also remember that so- 
and-so is not so because Bigwig says it is so, but it is so because 
of a quality known as truth inherent in it, over which Big or 
Little Wig has no more power than over the rising of the sun. 
Don't be a hero worshiper. Don't be a clam. 



The Texas State Journal of Medicine, April, discusses 
the constitutionality of the new Texas medical practice 
act, and some of the general principles of medical legisla- 
tion. It says : 

The police power of the State is an attribute of 
sovereignty and exists without any reservation in the con- 
stitution. It is founded on the duty of the State to protect 
its citizens and to provide for the safety and good order 
of society. Its essential element is to secure orderly gov- 
ernment. On it depends the security of social order, the 
life and health, of the citizens, and the comfort of exist- 
ence in thickly populated communities. Indeed, it is the 
very foundation of our social system, and finds its basis 
in the maxim of public policy, Salus populi suprema est 
lex. Everything necessary for the protection and safety, 
as well as the best interests of the people of the State, 
may be done under its power, and in its exercise persons 
and property may be subjected to all reasonable restraints 
and burdens for the common good. The preservation of 
the public welfare must be maintained even at the expense 

J20 Enforcing the Texas Medical Practice Act. 

of private rights. So the contention of a practitioner that 
he has secured a right to practice medicine, which is a 
vested right, and that it can not be taken away from him 
is begging the question. The purpose of the Legislature 
is not to take away any man's right, but to regulate him 
in the exercise of it. . . . The right which a man has by 
nature may be taken from him if it interferes with the best 
interest of society. 

The principle underlying the theory of the police power 
of the State, as a means of regulating occupations and pro- 
fessions for the good of the general public can not be too 
strongly emphasized or impressed on both the public and 
the profession. Not until there is a proper understanding 
and appreciation of the purpose of medical legislation 
shall we see an end of the absurdities and inconsistency 
of special and sectarian legislation. Only as the public 
understands and supports medical legislation will it be 
effective. The medical profession of Texas achieved a 
notable victory last year in securing legislation substituting 
a single non-partisan board for multiple partisan boards. 
If the principles underlying this law are thoroughly under- 
stood by the physicians of the State there will be no ques- 
tion of their support and co-operation. — Journal of the 
American Medical Association. 

In the foregoing are not the two editors "begging the ques- 
tion" most vigorously? They assume that the practice they 
represent is so far superior to all others that the police power of 
the State should be employed to indirectly drive all citizens to 
them for treatment. Can they make good? Quite a number of 
fairly respectable people, quite law-abiding, hold that if the police 
are to interfere, there should be a showing of hands — or, perhaps, 
results, would be the better term. Could these gentlemen show 
such superior results as to justify the police in suppressing all 
competitors? To some it looks as though such employment of 
the police power is a gross misuse of that power. There are also 
those who think that the police have no more right to drive pa- 
tients to the allopaths than they have to drive men to a particular 
church. To this it may be replied that the police are not driving 
people in this matter, and that all that is sought is to "regulate 

The First Homoeopathic College in the World. 321 

the practice."/, e., to fit every man to the allopathic mould. "It 
is for the public good," they say, but in saying so, they beg the 

It looks as if the allopaths were riding for a fall — and they 
will get it, for they cannot make good. If they could, and had, 
there would be none of the hundred and one medical "sects," for 
in truth, all the people want is to be healed of their ills. Evi- 
dently, the old practice couldn't do it, so the people have 
wandered away and the call is for the police to drive them back. 

"Physician, heal thyself!" 



The Philadelphia Record of a recent date contains an 
article under the above heading and giving two views of the 
building at Allentown, which is still standing, having been pur- 
chased by the city and used since as a public school house. There 
is nothing new in it to students of homoeopathic history, but as 
not every homoeopathic physician is up in history, an abstract 
may not be amiss to some of them : 

Allentown and Homoeopathy are indissolubly linked together. 
In a certain sense, Allentown is the cradle of Homoeopathy, for it 
was here that the first homoeopathic college in the world was 
founded, and it is in Rittersville, just beyond the city limits, that 
the first homoeopathic insane asylum in the State is now in course 
of erection. 

How little honor a prophet has in his own country is some- 
what humorously demonstrated by the following true story : A 
"homoeopathic physician, residing not over a thousand miles from 
Allentown, some years ago made a trip to Europe. In the course 
•of his continental tour he met a famous professor of the same 
school of medicine. In the conversation which followed the in- 
troduction, the European professor learned that the American 
doctor hailed from near Allentown. "Ach." exclaimed the pro- 
fessor, who, by the way, was a German, "that is the city where 
the first homoeopathic college in the world was founded. Have 
you seen the buildings ? What d'o you know about them ? What 
a shrine thev must be !" 

322 The First Homoeopathic College in the World. 

This was all news to the tourist, and he had to express him- 
self to that effect, much to his regret and bewilderment. The 
German doctor gave him one look of deep disgust, and exclaim- 
ing, "Dumkopf!" (blockhead), turned on his heel and left. 
The first thing the other doctor did on his return home was to 
pay a visit to these buildings and learn their history. 

Homoeopathy was introduced into Lehigh county in the fall 
of the year 1830 by two Lehigh county men. Dr. John Romig, 
of Allentown, and Dr. John Helfrish, of Weisenburg township. 
Both of them are now dead. Rev. Mr. Helfrish ministered to 
the spiritual wants of several congregations in this and adjoining 
counties. Both gentlemen had been induced to take up the new 
system of medicine by Dr. William Wesselhoeft, of Bath, North- 
ampton county, who, before his conversion, had been an 
allopathic physician of great ability. 

Dr. Wesselhoeft was among the first homoeopathic physicians 
in this county. It was in the fall of the year 1830 that he began 
to make weekly visits to the home of Rev. Mr. Helfrish, in Wei- 
senburg, for the purpose of instructing the latter in Homoeopathy. 
Here a number of patients were regularly present, so that the 
new healing system could at once be put to a practical test. Those 
meetings were kept up until August 23, 1834. 

On that day was organized a society known as "The Ho- 
moeopathic Society of Northampton and Adjacent Counties," 
which, of course, included Lehigh. 

The members from Lehigh, beside Dr. Romig and Rev. Mr. 
Helfrish, were two German physicians, Dr. Joseph Pulte and 
Dr. Adolph Bauer. 

The Homoeopathic Society held regular meetings at Bethlehem,. 
Allentown, and at the residences of its members. The result of 
these meetings was the establishment of a homoeopathic school 
at Allentown, called "The North American Academy of the Ho- 
moeopathic Healing Art." This was the first homoeopathic medi- 
cal college in the world. It was founded on April 10, 1835, the 
eightieth anniversary of the birth of Dr. Hahnemann, the founder 
of the system. 

Some time previous to this Dr. Constantine Hering had be- 
gun the practice of Homoeopathy in Philadelphia. He was re- 

Homoeopathic Books. 323 

quested to come to Allentown and be president of the new col- 
lege. He accepted the call and became the leading spirit of the 
institution. The faculty was as follows : Drs. Hering, William 
Wesselhoeft, E. Freytag, John Romig, J. H. Pulte and Henry 
Detwiler. The last named resided -at Hellerstown, and was the 
man who, on July 24, 1828, had prescribed the first dose of ho- 
moeopathic medicine ever given in this State. The remedy was 
given to a lady in Bethlehem. 

The course of instruction was of a high standard, and given 
entirely in German. Its annual sessions lasted from November 
1 to August 31. 

When the college went out of existence the city purchased the 
buildings and changed them into schools, and they have con- 
tinued thus ever since. 

The Dr. Pulte of this early college afterwards removed to 
Cincinnati. O.. and the Pulte College of that city is named after 


Allen's Handbook I use more than any other. In it I find the 
relative value of the different symptoms indicated by the different 
types of print. I also find that his clinical notes save me much 
time, as Allen has arranged the symptoms into groups such as 
you so frequently find in practice. The relative value and the 
convenient and accurate grouping of the symptoms are of great 
advantage to the busy practitioner. 

Lilienthal's Therapeutics, though not strictly a text book on 
materia medica. comes next to the Handbook in frequency of 
use. In this book the remedies are not only classified according 
to the tissues and organs which they affect, but the type and ar- 
rangement, of each, facilitates differentiation. 

Hughes' Manual of Pharmacodynamics gives us, in a narra- 
tive form, the pathological as well as the physiological and 
dynamic symptoms so interwoven as to make the study of materia 
medica interesting and instructive. This book I read through 
once every year. 

Farrington, in his Clinical Materia Medica, compares in a 
narrative form the different remedies which Lilienthal and Mc- 

324 "Short Stops." 

Michael compare, one by classifying in groups and the other by 
arranging in parallel columns. 

Nash's Leaders I try to read once a month in order to keep 
fresh in my mind the mountain peaks of symptomatology which 
Nash shows so clearly to his readers. These three books are 
the ones to suggest to any old school friend who wants to glean 
in our held of materia medica because they are nearer, in form.. 
not substance, to what he is accustomed to use. 

On the other hand. Hering's Condensed is the last book you 
want to put into the hands of young students or a new convert 
from the old school. It was given to me as my first text book 
and I was told to study Rhus tax. for my first remedy. This 
came very near sending me back to allopathy. Now. I could 
not get along without the Condensed, because in it I find the 
"make-up of the patients.'" "'stages and states." also "relation- 
ship." to be of great help. — Dr. George Royal in Iowa Homoro- 
pathic Journal. 


Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder: 

As the years go by I am more thoroughly convinced of the 
value of careful homoeopathic prescribing. The correct simil- 
imum in each individual case, so that the law which the immortal 
Hahnemann bequeathed to the world will shine out in all its 
truthfulness while civilization continues to be known on this ter- 
restrial sphere. And yet there seems to be an occasional other 
helpful remedial agent of great value in giving relief to our pa- 
tients to which the law seems not to apply. So that in marching 
forth to be of the greatest value in bringing relief to our patients 
it is well to take our "thinker" with us. for it may help us out in 
a time of need. 

T was called to attend a gentleman not long ago who was 
suffering from stricture of the urethra. I prepared my steel 
sounds and commenced the gradual dilatation of the stricture. 
using the negative pole of the galvanic battery while' doing so. 
As I withdrew the last sound some blood followed and soon con 
siderable pain caused my patient to call for relief. He wanted to 
urinate but could not. The pain increased. Something must be 

''Short Stops/' z 2 o 

done. I saturated a piece of absorbent cotton with alcohol and 
introduced it into the rectum. The change was magical. In a 
few seconds the pain stopped and he urinated. 

In writing up "Short Stops" mention might be made of this so 
that some other sufferer could find relief from its use and the 
doctor helped out of a "close corner.'* 

Very truly yours, 

; . D. 
San Luis Ol ,'d\. 

To the Editor of the Homceopathic Re 

Will you please inform your readers that the omission of the 
name of the Homoeopathic Medical College of the University of 
Minnesota, at Minneapolis, from the Annual Announcement and 
Program of the American Institute of Homoeopathy was an ac- 
cident discovered too late for correction ? Diligent search thus far 
failed to disclose how this error of omission occurred. It was 
an unusually unfortunate error, and no one regrets it more sin- 
cerely than. 

Yours very truly. 

Frank Kraft, M. D.. 

Secretary A. I. H. 
Cleveland, June 10. 191 

Passiflora in Insomnia. — "I have observed the actioi 

Passiflora in the treatment of insomnia. The remedy cannot be 
used indiscriminately, but I have found that where there is an 
absence of pain, it may be given in the majority of cas< 
duce quiet and resl jp. I add a teaspoonful to half a 

iter, and give the mi -• nfc ' ses every half 

the patieni 
the pi t used it 1 try it." — Ida H. Barnes, 

M. D., in Ellingwood's TherapeuU 

326 Therapeutic Pointers. 


Echinacea tincture applied directly to snake, or other venomous 
bites, is commended. 

A doctor claims to have been cured of intractable sciatica by 
letting a bee sting him on the hip. Wonder if Apis met. wouldn't 
have done the trick. 

Rodent ulcer, etc., they say can be cured by "the rays" of 
various kind ; sunlight concentrated through a burning glass on 
the parts will do better work and is cheaper, according to a writer 
who wrote before the rays were known. This has been confirmed 
several times. 

Dr. C. R. Green (N. J. H.) cured a patient who suffered with 
hysterical attacks followed by periods of unconsciousness with 
Ambra grisea 3X. The keynote to the remedy was a marked in- 
tolerance of music. 

Dr. Green relieved another patient, chronic nephritis, nausea, 
retching, vomiting, could not raise head from pillow without 
nausea, with Symphoracarpus racemosa 3X. 

Fernie Herbal Simples) writes : "Externally the spirit of Nut- 
meg (Nux moschata 0) is a capital application to be rubbed in for 
chronic rheumatism, and for paralyzed limbs/' The same writer 
also claims that the 3 decimal of cloves will frequently do much 
to lessen the quantity of albumen. 

Over half a century ago Dr. Roth, of Paris, wrote that "Dr. 
Landerer, of Athens, uses the seeds of Angus castus with the 
greatest success in gonorrhoea, curing cases in which even cubebs 
had failed." The tincture is therapeutically the same. 

Linnaeus is said to have been a great admirer of the medicinal 
virtues of Teucreum marum verum. One old gentleman of 70 
with sterterous breathing, who could neither speak nor move, was 
put on his feet with it. ■ A preacher with asthma "due to water on 
the chest," could only sleep comfortably after taking it. A Judge 
had the same experience. A centenarian who became so weak 
that he could no longer cough up the phlegm and was in danger 
of suffocation, was relieved. A doctor with cough and night 
sweats, was relieved by the Teucreum m v. So much from Lin- 
naeus concerning this plant. The dosage, of course, was material. 

Book Notices. 327 


Regional Leaders. By E. B. Nash, M. D., author of "Leaders in 

Homoeopathic Therapeutics." "Leaders in Typhoid." "Leaders 
for the Use of Sulphur" and "How to Take the Case." Second 
edition. Revised and enlarged. 315 pages. Flexible leather, 
$1.50, net; postage, 7 cents. Philadelphia: Boericke & Tafel, 

Just seven years ago, in June, 1901, the first edition of this book 
appeared. The issuing of a second edition is the best of evidence 
that the matter and its arrangement met with the approval of the 
profession. The author has used the opportunity by adding 
thirty-eight pages of new "leaders" to the old. The book in one 
sense is built with the ruling idea of the Hering Materia Medica 
Cards in so far as it is very useful for memorizing materia medica 
keynotes, of which it contains about 2.500. The arrangement 
followed is that of Hahnemann's schema. The book opens with 
"mind," followed by "head," and so on down the list, concluding 
with a section on "Constitution and Temperament." Here is a 
specimen of the arrangement under section on "Respiratory Or- 
gans :" 

~ I Cough with circumscribed redness of cheeks, and pain 

ng ' ^ in the chest. 

f Spasmodic cough with frequent eructations of gas. 
Ambra. } % . „ . * , . 4 

J Especially in old people. 

I Inability to expectorate what is raised, must swallow 
v,aust. \ 

} ll - 

The names of the remedies are on the inside of both right and 
left hand pages, so that one may easily quiz oneself. Let a book 
marker rest on the inner margin of the page where the names of 
the remedies stand, as above, and you have the ideal quiz to the 
keynote symptoms of the various parts and organs of the body. 
Useful for young or old. 

A Clinical Materia Medica. Being a course of lectures de- 
livered at the Hahnemann Medical College, of Philadelphia, by 
the late E. A. Farrington, M. D. Reported phonographically 

328 Book Notices. 

by Clarence Bartlett, M. D. With a memorial sketch of the 
author, by Aug. Korndoerfer, M. D. Fourth edition. Revised 
and enlarged by Harvey Farrington, M. D. 826 pages. 8vo. 
Cloth, $6.00; half morocco, $7.00; postage, 40 cents. Phila- 
delphia : Boericke & Tafel, 1908. 

Fifty-six pages of new matter have been added to this classic 
by the editor, Dr. H. Farrington, who has in his possession his 
father's manuscript of the lectures that Dr. Bartlett reported in 
short hand, the transcript of which made up the previous editions. 
In this edition the book has been carefully compared with the 
manuscript and enough matter added that was not taken down in 
the short hand report to make the additional fifty-six pages. 
Among the new matter is a lecture on Natrum arsenicum that for 
some unknown reason was omitted from the first three editions. 

Well, here is the goodly book after being out of print for about 
two years, during which time there were many inquiries for it, 
demonstrating the fact that it is firmly rooted as one of Homoeop- 
athy's text-books on materia medica. There are two leading 
causes for this: The first, probably, is the fact that the author 
was a homoeopathic physician, a very stalwart one, who firmly be- 
lieved in Homoeopathy and wrote what he believed. He did not 
inject doubts or apologize for, or explain away, the fact, that Ho- 
moeopathy is not accepted by modern medicine. He fully realized 
that Homoeopathy is a scientific truth and that it will, therefore, 
never conflict with any scientific truth, cannot, in fact, for when 
there is a conflict with what is put forward to-day as "science" 
that something is but a flare that will go out and be forgotten to- 
morrow. The other cause for the book's vitality is the fact that it 
is readable; any one interested in the subject does not have to 
force himself to "wade through" these pages, for they have the 
charm of being readable, even to the man not especially inter- 
ested in the subject. It is, finally, a book that has taken its place 
and will always be needed by the medical profession. 

The publishers promise us that the Lesser Writings of Von 
Bcenninghausen will be out of the binder's hands in time for re- 
view in the next issue of the Recorder. 

Homoeopathic Recorder. 



Address communications, books for review, exchanges, etc., for the editor, to 

E. P. ANSHUTZ, P. O. Box 921, Philadelphia, Pa. 


Getting There. — In the "current medical literature" of an 
exchange it is stated that the European scientists have discovered 
vaccination may be performed via the stomach, or, in the words of 
the head-line of an abstract of an article credited to Annals de 
r Institute Pasteur, Paris, "Vaccination Against the Plague by 
Way of the Stomach or Rectum." No details are given and none 
are needed by homoeopaths, for they have known "internal vac- 
cination" for a long time. It is a process that is much more 
efficacious than scarification, and is attended by none of the 
dangers that follow the old method, nor the more or less serious 
illness that results from the scarification. Probably no credit will 
be given the -discoverers of this method, for medical science alone 
refuses credit to any discoverer outside of the self-hypnotized or- 
ganization, for are not all others "quacks" even though they lead 
the way a mile? 

Business. — A good deal has been written about the poor down- 
trodden doctor, and his difficulty in making patients pay. One 
gentleman intimates that a man will cheerfully pay a lawyer for 
keeping him out of the penitentiary, but kicks over the bill of the 
doctor who keeps him, temporarily presumably, out of hell, and 
thinks this is not just. Well at best it is a problem ; some doctors 
seem to have no trouble, while others have all that is coming. 
Why ? Well, there's the problem ! It seems to us that if every 
doctor would take the trouble to send out monthly bills and 
follozi' them up with monthly statements — especially the state- 
ments showing amount due on bills rendered — collections would 

330 Editorial 

not be so poor. Remind a man that he owes you money and he 
will pay much sooner than if you apparently forget it as he often 
does. Try it and watch the effect. 

All the Modern Conveniences. — Dr. Joseph Luff, of In- 
dependence, Mo., writes of a case of septic fever he recently at- 
tended. It was in another State where he was not licensed to 
practice, but was called in by the attending homoeopathic physi- 
cian. Not to go into details, the patient was found encased in 
antiphlogistine ; he seems to have been receiving combination 
tablets, sleeping potion, bowel moving drugs, proprietory cure- 
alls, alkaloidal sure cures and that sort of thing. When Dr. Luff 
suggested homoeopathic treatment he was turned down, but some 
days later, as the case seemed to be nearing the point when the 
undertaker would have to assume his professional gloom, he was 
recalled, and told to take the case. The first act was to sweep 
away all the modern medical conveniences, sponge the patient, 
relieve him by an enema and give him the remedy indicated, 
which in this case happened to be Pyrogen. The temperature fell 
so rapidly that the doctor was hastily summoned, but as the pa- 
tient was easy and normal nothing more was done, and the sick 
man got well. Some modern treatments are an embarrassment 
(to the patient) of riches. 

A Work for All Doctors. — The following came to us in the 
course of an informal gabfest the other day. It is second hand, 
but the authority is good. Talking of books, one made the as- 
sertion that shortly before his death Dr. (mentioning a 

world known physician, dean and author of the old school) said 
that he had come to the conclusion that every medical student, if 
it were possible, should study Hahnemann's Organ on. He did 
not mean that every student should become a homceopathist, but 
that the Organon forms the broad basis for every true physician 
no matter what his practice. At this same fest the assertion was 
made that to get the full import of this book a man must read it 
three times. 

"Bosh !" some will exclaim. Well, perhaps — and perhaps. 


Carnegie Medals, Ho! — The London, England, St. James' 

Editorial 331 

Gazette writes of the Lachesis affair at New York in part as fol- 
lows : "Four homoeopathic doctors have risked their lives in New 
York Zoological Garden, Bronx Park, to obtain a supply of 
scarce venom from a lance-headed viper. Their purpose was pri- 
marily to cure a millionaire patient of delusional insanity." 
What's the matter with having the dare-devil homoeopathic doctor 
for a hero and give the western bad man a much needed rest? 

A Rare Drug. — The New England Medical Gazette for June 
has dug out of a southern journal a case of some interest. It is 
that of a business man who had fallen into a morbid condition 
owing to years of overwork, the usual story. Apparently the 
doctor's drugs — he was a famous Baltimore physician — did not do 
any good, so he "prescribed a course of funny stories, one at each 
meal, with an extra two at dinner." The prescription cured the 
man. The -editor tells us that "laughter, in fact, is one of the 
cheapest and most effective of medicines." There can be no 
doubt that the prescription is a good one, but where can it be 

A Discovery. — Dr. H. J. Davidson, of Seattle, Wash., has 

made a discovery of such importance that the Journal A'. M. A. 
gives a description of it in Dr. Davidson's own words. He has 
discovered a method of making tuberculin dilutions. In brief, it 
consists of putting 1 part of tuberculin into diluent so as to make 
1 to 200. To this is added enough diluent to make a "1 to 1000 
dilution." The whole is well shaken. The result is, of course, 
the homoeopathic 3X, but perish the thought of terming it by that 
word so fraught with the heresy of Homoeopathy. The Chinese 
dearly love roast pig, as Charles Lamb tells us, but find it rather 
expensive to burn down a house every time they crave roast pork. 
Similarly our medical orthodox may find it rather cumbersome 
and expensive if their diluent costs them anything to make the 
4x, the 1-10,000, so we would suggest that if they will take 1 
part of 1,000 and add to it 9 parts of the diluent they will have 
the 1 -10.000 with little trouble or expense. They can attain a 
higher potency (if we may use the word) in a similar manner. 
They should also shake each potency thoroughly. No charge for 
the suggestion as it. and very much more, can be found in the 
Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia. 

332 Editorial 

"State Medicine/' — Dr. Samuel G. Dixon, Commissioner of 
Health of Pennsylvania, in his address before the A. M. A., said, 
in effect, that the happiness of the people and the prosperity of the 
nation depended on State medicine, for that nation would be 
strong which was vigorous in the health of its individuals. The 
contention that the enforcement of sanitary laws could be an in- 
fringement of personal liberty was puerile. All which is very 
true. No one objects to sanitation, to the stopping of the pollu- 
tion of streams, to the abolition of plague spots and to many other 
useful things that fall within the province of a board of health, 
but when the gentlemen of that board and their sometimes won- 
derful physicians, invade the privacy of the family and usurp the 
duties of the family physician, then there are objections, and these 
will not down. By means of the germ theory, which seems to be 
rapidly disintegrating, these gentlemen have assumed great power 
over the people. The people, as Dr. Dixon's address reveals, do 
not like it, and in the long run the people prevail. Better not go 
too far, gentlemen. Stick to your last. 

Comparative Mortality Statistics. — The New England 
Medical Gazette for June quotes the following rather interesting 
figures from the Guia Homoeopathico Brazileiro: 

Hospital da Sociedada Portugueza, Homoeopathic Department, 
founded in 1859: Mortality, 1859-1882, homoeopathic, 4.57; allo- 
pathic, 5.6. Mortality, 1880-1900, homoeopathic, 5.18; allopathic, 


Hospital da Ordem Terceira, founded 1873 \ Mortality, 1873- 
1900, homoeopathic, 6.59; allopathic, 10.73. 

Hospital da Veneraved Ordem Terceira, founded in 1859 ; Mor- 
tality, 1859-1882, homoeopathic, 5.56; allopathic, 6.86. Mortality, 
1880-1900, homoeopathic, 6.92 ; allopathic, 11.69. Mortality, 1859- 
1900, homoeopathic, 6.42 ; allopathic, 9.27. 

It is not at all surprising that the homoeopathic department of 
any hospital should show better results than the allopathic end, 
for that is always the case where the two treatments are tried side 
by side on equal terms, but it is very curious that the advances 
made in modern medicine, concerning which so much is written, 
should show a very much increased death rate over the old treat- 
ments. But there are the figures ! 

Newsy or Otherwise. 333 

Who Can This Be? — "In our country just now the powers 
of a desirable organization of the American profession are being 
used for a most undesirable monopoly, for crushing out demo- 
cratic spirit and independence, for extinguishing minorities and 
independent rival journals. Impertinence, bulimia of power, 
trades unionism, are being fostered, and an insane howling about 
little evils is used to silence critics of infinitely greater ones. The 
worst abuse is being officially poured upon good drug manu- 
facturers by men secretly in the secret drug business, and who 
are carrying on far more degrading businesses than those derided. 
It is scarcely wise or logical to laud and support manufacturers 
who secretly put up thousands of private formulas, secret drugs 
and "specialities" for the quacks, and then abuse the quacks for 
selling them. And especially if the quacks sell them to physi- 
cians !" 

So writes the Pacific Medical Journal. It looks as though they 
might be referring to the inner circle, or council, that dominates 
the Allopathic American Medical Association, it looks very much 
like it. One thing seems certain, and that is the country is on the 
eve of greater medical freedom or the reverse. 


C. Gurnee Fellows, M. D., announces his removal to Marshall 
Field Annex, Chicago. 

The Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, N. Y., on 
appeal, have decided that a death certificate from an osteopath is 
all O. K., and, therefore, they are thus regarded as "physicians in 
good standing." 

According to the new bill you cannot get "a drink" in Okla- 
homa without a doctor's prescription. The doctors promise to "be 
good." Also the new medical examining board is to have no 
school in the majority on it. It must grind some of them to be 
classed as a "school." 

Dr. Van den Berg, 30 W. 48th St., New York City, will be out 
of town until September 15th. During his absence patients are 
referred to Dr. P. C. Thomas or H. C. Sayre, 243 W. 99th St. 

Dr. Homer I. Ostrom will not go to Europe this summer but to 
his country place on Cape Cod, June 24th to October 1st. There 

334 Newsy or Otherwise. 

is no hardship in this determination, for Ostrom's "Wonder- 
strand" is a beautiful place. Needless to add that Dr. Ostrom is 
the author of that sterling and thorough text-book, Diseases of 
the Uterine Cervix. 

The Pennsylvania homoeopaths hold their 45th annual session 
this year at Harrisburg in September. The date of the meeting 
will be announced later. 

Dr. H. Fledderman has removed from St. Louis, Mo., to 
Seymour. Ind. 

After the expiration of the current volume the All genie ine 
Homoopathische Zeitung will be issued monthly instead of every 
two weeks as heretofore. 

Institute Mention. — President Copeland's address, in the 
words of our other president, was a corker; no perfunctory Ho- 
moeopathy in it but the live thing. 

Dr. W. D. Foster, Kansas City, Mo., was elected president for 
next term, with Carmichael, Philadelphia, and Hensley, Okla- 
homa, for vice-presidents. Kraft and Smith, needless to add, 
were re-elected secretary and treasurer, respectively 

The "kissing bee" story telegraghed to all the newspapers and 
headlined by a certain class of them, demonstrates the reliability 
of that great ''moral power," the press. It was a "fake." 

Dr. J. T. Kent was present for the first time in years. 

Dr. J. P. Cobb, the censor, was kept busy looking up the nedi- 
gree of candidates. 

Dr. H. C. Allen, of course, was on deck, expounding the 
science of Homoeopathy. Lots of room there they say. 

Dr. H. V. Halbert is happy over the fact that his Practice is 
nearly sold out. He speaks highly of Harriett's Treatment. 

The new Bureau of Homoeopathy seems to fill a long-felt want, 
and is run by the right men. 

A number of veterans ("not that they are so very old) were ab- 
sent, among whom were noted (there is a bit of Erin in this pen) 
Custis. Porter. Hawkes, Harvey, King, Garrison, Close, and a few 
others the reporter did not see. 

The Pharmacopceial Committee scored the opponents of the 
new pharmacopoeia, and urged all the pharmacists to adopt the 

Newsy or Otherwise. 335 

new work, and a resolution to that effect was passed. A resolu- 
tion urging the members of the Institute to demand i-io tinct- 
ures might better meet the difficulties that hapless book has en- 

Reprints of Dr. J. Wilkinson Clapp's article in the Hahne- 
mannian Monthly defending the new pharmacopoeia from its crit- 
ics were profusely present. 

One of the eminent editors from Michigan would not "swallow 
the Recorder's snake story." Let him and other doubters take a 
look at the Lachesis mutus that furnished the remedy and then at 
the Bronx snake, and they will see that the Recorder was but 
chronicling fact not story. It is of some importance to those who 
practice Homoeopathy that these remedies be true to the label, is it 

The new Coates House, the headquarters for every one, is all 
right ; you will make no mistake by going there when you visit 
Kansas City. 

Dr. William Harvey King has resigned the office of dean of the 
New York Homoeopathic Medical College. Dr. John W. Dowling 
succeeds Dr. Howard G. Tuttle as secretary of the faculty. Dr. 
Royal S. Copeland will succeed Dr. King as dean. 

Dr. J. P. Rand has purchased the estate at 5 Benefit St., Wor- 
cester, Mass., for an office and residence, where he will be pleased 
to receive his friends. 

The International Hahnemannian Association at their annual 
meeting at the Chicago Beach Hotel in June, officially adopted 
the American Homoeopathic Pharmacopoeia. 

Dr. A. L. Blackwood, the well known author of several stand- 
ard homoeopathic works, and professor of clinical medicine at the 
Chicago Hahnemann College and Hospital, has been appointed a 
member of the Chicago School Board. Mayor Busse has made a 
good appointment. 

Dr. Roy C. Richards, of Hopedale, 111., prescribed beer for a 
patient, and was fined $20, under some of the new-fangled acts. 

Led by Spaulding, 100 doctors raided the "black belt'' of 
Chicago, and compelled all to be vaccinated who couldn't show 
"scars." The health board of Chicago evidently says of the 
Supreme Court as Vanderbilt did of the public. 


They have now concluded that "intestinal antiseptics" are on the bum 
and that bacteria gives them the ha ! ha ! 

It was decided by the debating society that it was not wrong to cheat a 
lawyer but too difficult. 

The ambidextrous man cannot put his left hand in his right side breeches 

She: "I always say what I think." He: "Heavens! when do you find 
time to think?" 

Manufacturers of "predigested" foods should be compelled to state who 
digested them. 

Whether it be chance or skill depends on your temperament and whether 
you are winner or loser. 

Ella Wheeler Wilcox wants Congress to "teach parents how to live." 
But Congressmen are only mortals, Ella! 

A free government is one where you can talk as much as you please but 
pay just the same. 

Base ball umpires deserve Carnegie medals. 

In a multitude of funny stories there is weariness. 

"What's the matter with Homoeopathy?" growled Cynicus. "It cures 
too soon." 

Don't tell people you have the "biggest hoop pole industry in the world," 
but let it go at "The pleasure of your company," etc. Better. 

Hahnemann pharmacy individualizes drugs as a good physician does pa- 

George Ade left Indiana for Chicago to "avoid mental competition." 
Bully for Posey County ! 

No man wants to be buried in Westminster Abbey, yet his friends rather 
regard the act as a compliment. It depends on your point of view. 

Soon we may expect ads. of "light fly- about aeroplanes, just suited for 
country doctors." 

At a "husband show" out west a doctor is said to have taken the first 

Records show that Captain Kidd was one of the original householders 
and dwellers on Wall St., N. Y. 

Why not have a society of "The Old Men Who Pay the Bills?" They 
could meet and mumble in the garret. 

The question has been asked: "Can an editor be a strictly honest man?" 

It is said that a man with his first "car" suffers for awhile with auto- 

"The physician should attack the disease and not the patient." — St Basil. 

A ministers' meeting unanimously voted down a suggestion, from the 
pews, that a time limit be placed on sermons. 

Health boards should spot the strenuous, slovenly, smoking and bad 
smelling auto. 



Vol. XXIII. Lancaster, Pa., August, 1908. No. 8 


The Report of the Interstate Committee of the American In- 
stitute of Homoeopathy at the last meeting of the Institute, 
Kansas City, has the following to say anent the new Pharma- 
copoeia, the pharmacists and proposed legislation : 

"Several matters of importance should be considered by the 
Interstate Committee, and I would call your attention especially 
to the report made by the Committee on the Homoeopathic Phar- 
macopoeia, and urge the adoption of the resolutions which that 
committee proposes to present, which resolutions will insist on 
the recognition of the Pharmacopoeia of the American Institute 
in the pure food laws of the country; and the Institute should 
certainly insist that the phamacists of the country should not in 
any way interfere with any legislation proposed by the Ameri- 
can Institute. They are certainly dependent on the physicians 
for a large part of their business, and it is only because of great 
magnanimity on the part of the medical profession that they are 
patronized in spite of their disregard of the local laws, advertis- 
ing of specific combination tablets and prescribing for the ail- 
ments of customers. If the commercial spirit which is doing so 
much damage to the profession should extend the manufacture 
of their own remedies by specially authorized pharmacists the 
others would certainly have to give up their business, but the 
main reason for the adoption of the resolutions referred to and 
for the efforts we should use to see that the purposes are carried 
out is that it is absolutely necessary that we have a fixed standard 
of strength for drugs to be used in reproving our remedies in 
order that all provings made will stand the Government test when 
the Government acknowledges the work done by our Institute 

338 What Will You Do? 

of Drug Proving. All remedies used in their provings must be 
in accordance with the labels, and, as the Institute of Drug Prov- 
ing expects to have all drugs used in test provings standardized 
by the Government itself, remedies used upon indications result- 
ing from the new provings with the expectations of favorable 
results under the law of Similia should be of the standard used 
in the provings." 

"Enactment of the proposed law will not interfere in any way 
with the manufacture of drugs under other standards, provided 
the fact is made plain on the label, but remedies used in provings 
from this date on, if they are to be recognized or be under the 
auspices of our organization, must be made of remedies pre- 
pared in accordance with the Pharmacopoeia, which has been 
adopted upon the recommendation of its Committee." 

The period in the above beginning, "If the commercial spirit," 
etc., is somewhat obscure; but we feel sure that it means well, 
though apparently mapping out a new region for old Homoe- 
opathy, if its medicines, provings and general affairs are to be 
under governmental supervision, even though it be indirect. We 
believe that a number of pharmacies have tinctures prepared ac- 
cording to the proposed new rules in every respect, yet physi- 
cians will not order them. What can a pharmacist do in this case 
— refuse to sell any other than the new i-io tinctures? Why 
should not the writer of the Report rate the members of the 
Institute for this rather than the pharmacist? 

The pharmacist, as a rule, tries his best to give the physician 
what he orders, even if he does try to "work him on the side" for 
some of his wonderful and special dope, and we are sure will give 
the doctor the new tinctures if he will specify them. To change 
without warning would be highly unethical. If a physician has 
been ordering and receiving a given tincture made according to 
a well established method, the pharmacist would be false to his 
professional obligations if he were to substitute a tincture made in 
a different manner ; that is self-evident, so it behoves those who 
want the H. P. U. S., tinctures to specify them and the phar- 
macist must furnish them, for to do otherwise would border 
closely on the line of a criminal offense, punishable by fine or 

To many it may seem a little hard and somewhat at variance 

The X at rums. 339 

with our form of government that no pharmacists must "in any 
way interfere with any legislation proposed," especially as that 
legislation relates to their business, and legislators nearly always 
inquire very thoroughly into all phases of proposed national 

National laws are sometimes far reaching in their effects. The 
Pharmacopoeia that it is proposed to adopt as a legal homoeo- 
pathic standard, explicitly states that the limit of the divisibility 
of matter is reached somewhat below the 12th centesimal potency, 
though it does not limit the pharmacist to that potency in prepar- 
ing drugs, if they are ordered. Suppose the validity of the 30th 
potency, for instance, should some day be brought before the 
courts ? The court, guided by the legal standard adopted by the 
government, would have to rule out, as illegal, the 30th potency 
and its alleged cures or failures, and put the prescribers of it in 
the same category with Christian Scientists, faith curers and 
others of that ilk who work on the credulity of the people. You 
cannot get away from this if the matter ever gets into the courts. 

Is it wise to get in this position? 

It has not been a pleasing task for the Recorder, now, or in 
the past, to oppose this new pharmacopoeia, but the opposition 
has been prompted solely by a sense of duty (mistaken, if you 
please) for the welfare of Homoeopathy. This is probably 
the last time we will bring up the matter; henceforth ours shall 
be the policy of laisser faire, and we will not oppose the pro- 
posed legislation. It is up to the profesion to do that if it is to 
be done. 

Our pages are open to all in this very serious matter, which 
should be discussed, not in a spirit of hot partisanship, but in a 
sane and rational manner. 


By C. M. Boger, M. D. 

Natrum Carbonicum. 

This is the common washing soda : sodium bicarbonate is bak- 
ing soda. 

: Notes on lecture delivered at Pulte Medical College. 

340 The Natrums 

Natrum carb. is especially suited to feeble, impressionable peo- 
ple, who are too susceptible to heat or cold, changes of weather, 
music or any ordinary occurrence. They are puffy, but relaxed 
(Calc. c.) and show a want of bodily solidity which encourages 
sprains, weak ankles, etc. Weakness and sensitiveness are upper- 
most in every disorder ; very much like Hepar. There is a want 
of balance between the physical and nervous systems. 

The disposition is naturally lively, but timid, being easily either 
animated or saddened. The mind is easily exhausted, becomes 
incapable of thinking and seems deficient in staying force. The 
digestive tract is in a like condition and there are many symptoms 
pointing to an exceedingly weak digestion ; they include perver- 
sions of taste, acidity, inflation, stopped feeling, or, finally, urinary 
symptoms, often indicative of lithsemia. 

The sexual organs are correspondingly weak but irritable. It 
is one of the debilitating remedies, having emissions from the 
mere touch of a female, like Arnica, Gelsemium, Conium and 

The febrile manifestations are accompanied by mental phe- 
nomena, and circulatory disturbances are worse from lying on 
the left side. 

The skin is usually dry and sluggish, but sweats profusely upon 
the slightest exertion or from pain ; during the sweat there is dis- 
like to uncovering. Most eruptions prefer to show themselves on 
the backs of the hands, others suppurate readily. Nasal dis- 
charges incline to become hard and foul smelling. 

We think of this remedy when people with blue rings about the 
eyes, hawk up much mucus and are intolerant of milk; they do 
not assimilate properly, therefore, feel better after eating, rub- 
bing, or from pressure ; conversely they are not so well from ex- 
ertion in the open air, particularly in the wind, although motion 
helps the symptoms which arise during rest. Amelioration from 
boring into the nose or ear is an odd modality worth remember- 

Natrum Muriaticum. 

Salt has, perhaps, a more fundamental connection with life than 
any other substance; mythology, as well as science, hints at its 
relation to the birth of living matter. To the ancients it sym- 

The X at rums. 341 

bolized immortality, permanence or sterility, but the modern 
world sees more of its stunting and preserving effects. In man 
its need is governed by the nature of his food. 

Many confirmations have shown the seemingly trivial fever 
blisters of the provings to be a very indicative part of a general 
state which may also crop out in the form of a mapped tongue, 
ringworm, or some other herpetiform manifestation. 

It impairs elimination and develops a periodicity very like that 
of quinine, to which it is a great antidote. Why the symptoms 
should elect to return regularly about 10 A. M. is not clear but 
very characteristic. Intermittents, brow agues and some hemi- 
cranias call for it, that the man who treats them mostly with 
quinine is, indeed, a novice in Homoeopathy. Heat is usually 
accompanied by headache or sweating feet, while the sweat 
brings dim vision with it. It impoverishes the tissues, engenders 
torpidity and greatly lowers the tone of the whole body. In the 
mind this is oddly expressed by a sad reserve, easily turned to 
anger by consolation ; usually it originates in mortification, con- 
stipation or the sexual sphere. 

Various symptoms show its mental depression to be only part 
of a general slowing down which weakens and fatigues the 
muscles, at times causing blurred vision with running together 
of letters, at others a painful shortness of the hamstrings or even 
emaciation starting from the neck. The effect may be profound 
enough to induce a slow growth, slow speech and slow gait. Dry- 
ness is very prominent ; both the skin and mucous membranes 
show it. The former becomes inactive, looks tettery, cracked or 
muddy, even the hair may fall out and hangnails annoy. Al- 
though the tongue is dry and the sense of taste and smell blunted, 
yet ofttimes there is a strange craving for salt or ices, coupled 
with a loathing for all ordinary food, betokening a form of cell 
hunger not infrequent in anaemia, etc. For a like reason it is 
not out of the ordinary to find a sense of roughness internally or 
a dislike for coition. Exceptionally the secretions are increased, 
but colorless ; easy lachrymation, for example. 

Females who need this remedy often crave the pressure of a 
tight corset or a pillow against the back. They are very apt to 
be victims of hammering headaches, worse from coughing, or of 
anxious palpitations, worse from lying down or on the left side. 

342 The Natrums. 

It should not be forgotten that Natrum muriaticum patients 
are, as a rule, intolerant of heat ; they don't feel so well in sum- 
mer, in the sun or during the fullfledged malaria season. It is 
one of the principal remedies for sun pains. (Compare Sang.) 

It sometimes suits a cough which seems to arise from a tickling 
in the pit of the stomach, and is accompanied by lachrymation 
and a bursting headache. 

The toothache is worse from both heat and cold. 

It has a way of selecting particular regions for its clearest 
action. The headaches and neuralgias nearly always come just 
over the brows and, incidentally, are made worse from straining 
the eyes. Herpetic eruptions are very apt to select the borders 
of the hair or come out about the lips ; in fact, there seems to be 
a general tendency to affect the margins somewhere. 

The principal antidote is Sweet Spirits of Nitre, then come 
Camphor and Phosphorus. It counteracts the effects of quinine 
and Nitrate of Silver; especially cauterization by the latter. In 
intermittents it should be compared with Arsenicum. 

Natrum Phosphoricum. 

In allopathic parlance it is known as a laxative cholagogue, 
being much used for clearing the gall duct of catarrhal obstruc- 
tions. It is also one of the Schuessler tissue remedies and has 
had a good proving in the hands of Farrington, whose provers 
brought out some quite distinctive symptoms. The experiments 
showed a number of manifestations distinctly attributable to 
either the Phosphorus or the Natrum of its composition. The 
new setting has, however, placed, them in a different light and 
altered their value. 

Phosphate of Soda stimulates the mucous secretions, par- 
ticularly those of the digestive tract, where the larger portion 
of its force seems to be expended upon the duodenum. Smooth, 
moist, creamy coatings form upon various parts of the visible 
mucous membranes. They are generally, although not ex- 
clusively, of a dirty, yellow color, and are most frequently seen 
at the base of the tongue, but may cover its whole upper surface. 
It can hardly be said to be indicated when the secretions are 

The Nat rums. 343 

scanty and the parts tend to become dry. Conformably with its 
general action the stools are loose, watery and defecation is 
mostly painless with a distinct inclination to become involuntary ; 
in this respect again showing its relationship to Phosphorus. 
This proneness of the secretions to liquify is even manifested in 
the semen, which becomes watery, just as it does under the action 
of Selenium, and a few other drugs. 

The catarrhal discharges incline to become yellow and purulent, 
although its pus making power is much feebler than that of 
Natrum sulphuricum. Leucorrhoeas , ophthalmias, etc., with deep 
yellow secretions. Here it should be compared with Pulsatilla, 
Hydrastis and some others. That such a hypersecretion should 
finally end in a form of acidity is not very strange and is the very 
thing that happens. Natrum phosphoricum is a true rival of 
Rhubarb and Magnesium carbonicum in hyperacidity. The pa- 
tient is often a sour smelling one with an acid stomach, sour 
sweats or other evidences of acidity. 

Some of the sensations observed in the provers are of more 
than ordinary interest. It is one of the few drugs that have the 
sensation of a "hair" or thread in the internal parts ; naturally 
it is oftenest located on the tongue or in the throat. Other drugs 
having the same symptoms are mostly Arsenicum, Coccus cacti, 
Kali bichromicum, Natrum muriaticum, Rhus toxicodendron, 
Silicea, Sulphur and Valerian. 

Intense itching of the nose and anus were observed among 
its effects and led to its use in worms with quite good success. 
We should in this, as well as in all other instances, carefully dif- 
ferentiate it from similarly acting medicines. The principal rem- 
edies for such irritations are Arum triphyllum, Belladonna, Cina, 
Mcrcurius, Sabadilla, Spigelia or Selenium, according to cir- 

There is also itching about the mouth. Calcarea carbonica 
and Rhus tox. have the same symptom. The patient is apt 
to pick the nose persistently {Cina and Arum triphyllum). The 
head symptoms are often one-sided. One pupil is dilated or one 
ear red, while supra-orbital pains locate themselves alternately 
over either eye, like those of Sepia and Iris vers. 

From what has been said you will easily see how I came to 

344 The Xatrums. 

select this remedy in a case of typhoid fever, which had the fol- 
lowing symptoms : 

1. Persistently picks the nose. 

2. Sensations of a hair upon the tongue. 

3. First one cheek red, then the other, alternately (CheL). 

4. Screams out in sleep. 

5. Very yellow stools ; has had a small haemorrhage from the 

6. Craves acids. 

7. Formerly had yearly recurrence of a pneumonia. 

Three doses of the DMM. potency (Swan) brought the fever 
to a close in two weeks, after which an uneventful convalescence 

In its action upon the skin it keeps up the reputations of the 
Natrums. Herpetic and other eruptions locate themselves about 
the joints, especially the ankle (Sepia). Eczema in patients of 
the acid diathesis. There are a few joint pains which seem prone 
to transfer themselves to the heart like those of Spigelia and 

The sleep symptoms are such as are often found in children 
suffering from some form of irritation. Waking from sleep in 
fright, is the commonest. 

The modalities are those of its constituents. Aggravation 
from heat is the most marked one, then there is an aggravation 
from gas light, thunderstorms and warm rooms ; there is also 
some periodicity. 

Natrum Sulphuricum. 

This is the Glauber Salt of our forefathers, and in their day 
was used as a saline laxative much in the same way that Epsom 
Salt is today : even miraculous powers were ascribed to it by 
the ignorant; its violent action, however, led to the gradual sub- 
stitution of the Magnesium-sulfat. Its popular use exhibits its 
more obvious action, this Homoeopathy has amplified and defined 
by provings until it is today one of our tried and true antipsorics 
exhibiting a long and deep action. 

The liquid stools it causes were formerly believed to be due 

The Natrums. 345 

to an osmodic transudation of liquid from the blood into the 
intestinal canal, they are now known to be due to a stimulation 
of the intestinal glands, causing an increased secretion of watery- 
mucus, with the evolution of much gas, even enough to be pain- 
ful ; it is passed in quantities with the stool so that a morning 
diarrhoea, after rising, with a stool which is forcibly expelled 
with much spluttering, is looked upon as its characteristic. Such 
diarrhoeas may accompany tuberculosis of the mesentery and 
have often been cured with Nat. sul. in a single dose of the 
highest potency. Other remedies for morning diarrhoea are, 
Sulphur, when the patient is hurried out of bed with barely time 
to reach the closet, and passes a large mushy stool. 

Rumex is just like Sulphur, but in addition it has a dry cough 
excited by tickling in the throat-pit, or inhaling cold air through 
the open mouth. 

Kali bichromicum has the same urgency, may even soil his 
clothes, but the stool is watery, comes with a gush and is fol- 
owed by much tenesmus. 

Aloe involuntarily passes masses of jelly-like mucus, or in the 
morning he finds a large lump of feces as his companion in bed; 
before the stool there is much rumbling and gurgling in the ab- 
domen ; he retains the fluid feces with difficulty and often suffers 
with prolapsing piles. 

Podophyllum, gushing morning stool hurrying the patient out 
like Sulphur, but it continues the whole day and the stools have 
a carrion-like odor, are generally light colored and may have a 
meal-like sediment. 

Gamboge has a gushing, yellow stool, preceded by gurgling, 
and followed by a sense of great relief, as if an irritating sub- 
stance had been removed ; it also irritates and makes the anus 

Bryonia causes and cures diarrhoea coming on as the patient 
begins to move about in the morning, it is worse from vegetables 
and stewed fruits or overheating ; in general, the patient is worse 
from all kinds of motion, especially of distant parts. 

Dioscorea will cure if gripy, colicky pains which fly to other 
parts acompany it. Just a moment's digression here. Some day 
you will meet a case in which cramps in the fingers or other dis- 

346 The Natrums. 

tant parts accompany more central affections like dysmenorrhea 
diarrhoea, etc., then you must know how to differentiate between 
Cuprum arsenicosum, Secale cornutam, Dioscorea, Ignatia, 
Jatropha and Veratrum album. 

Von Grauvogel showed that Nat rum sulphuricum patients are 
severely affected by dampness and that the sensitiveness thereto 
is often a result of sycosis ; thus originated the theory of the 
hydrogenoid constitution, for which he proposed Thuja and Nos- 
trum sulphuricum as remedies ; I would impress upon you that no 
one or two remedies can by the very nature of things be a 
specific for any given disease, they can only be such when the 
symptoms agree and not otherwise. 

"Oppression of breathing, then diarrhoea," "Symptoms in other 
parts cause oppression of breathing" {Arsenicum), and "Short 
respiration with sharp stitch in the left chest when standing," are 
symptoms that should attract your attention! and when combined 
with aggravation from dampness they have led to the cure of 
humid asthma. 

This salt has a fine record to its credit in brain and mental af- 
fections caused by injuries to the head. Traumatic meningitis 
with piercing pains extending from the neck to the occiput severe 
enough to extort screams. Sudden jerks throwing the head to 
on side. Brain feels loose. Headache better by a cold foot 
bath. Scalp sensitive to combing the hair. Irritable, dreams of 
fighting. Loss of memory. Buzzing in the head. All these point 
to violent irritation, and when the other symptoms agree, are 
cured by it. Cutting pain in the heels, due to traumatic irritation 
of the cord has been cured by it. 

It has a considerable record in disease of the liver, the organ 
is usually sensitive and the patient feels worse from lying on the 
left side, like Ptelea trifoliata and Carduus Marianus. As is not 
uncommon in troubles of this organ, we also find the system try- 
ing to rid. itself of the products of deficient oxidation by the 
elimination of brick-red, acid, urinary deposits, one phase of the 
so-called lithgemia, which is only another way of saying that too 
much soot has accumulated in the flues and that the bodily fires 
are choked either from deficient oxidation or too much fuel in 
proportion to the oxygen consumed. It will do much for these 

The Nat rums. 


cases, if indicated, but your good judgment will add plenty of 
fresh air and out-of-door exercise to the prescription, this will 
hasten the cure. 

The photophobia of this remedy is remarkable for its intensity 
and the fact that it is worse by lamplight; the eyes are so in- 
tensely inflamed that they feel as though they gave out heat. It 
is a prime remedy for the tendency to runrounds, as they are 
popularly termed, and when the patient subject to them also has 
sore looking eyes your remedy is evident and will cure. Pains 
are piercing, compressive or boring in almost any part ; the patient 
is always better on a dry day and when out of doors. Many 
symptoms are worse during the menses, notably the headaches, 
etc., nosebleed is apt to occur then and the patient is apt to be 
chilly : on the contrary the Natrum muriaticum patient feels hot 
during the menses. 

All the Natrums have vesicular eruptions at one place or an- 
other, in the Sulphate and Muriate they occur about the lips, a 
beady streak of slime along the edge of the tongue is also a re- 
liable indication for the latter. The Hyposulphite has been used 
as a topical application in vesicular erysipelas for some time by 
the alopaths, evidently homceopathically. 

There is a cough curable by this remedy. It is so violent that 
it hurts the head and sides and the patient is compelled to hold 
them for relief ; here it compares with Drosera and Eupatorium 


Sadness, worse 
from consolation. 

Fever blisters. 

Craves salt. 



Periodicity, es- 
pecially at 10 a. 

Pyrexia with 
head symptoms. 
Hot during 

Borders, espe- 
cially of hair. 

kgg. Heat and 

Amel. Pressure 
against back. 


Feeble, but im- 

Indigestion; in- 
tolerance of milk. 

Pyrexia with 
mental s y m p- 

Agg. Open air. 
Exertion during 

Amel. Eating. 
Boring into nose. 


General acid- 

Cheeks alter- 
nately red. 

Increased mu- 
cous secretions, 
deep yellow; 
creamy coatings 
about base of 

Loose, lumpy 

Agg. Light and 

Head symp- 
toms; especially 
from injury. 

Liver symp- 
toms, lying on 
left side. 

Loose, noisy, 
watery stools, 
after rising. 

Cough. com- 
pel holding the 

Chilly during 

Agg. Damp- 
light, heat. 

Amel. Open 

348 The Mission of Germs. 


By Dr. Leslie Martin. Baldwinsville, N. Y. 



I was called to see a man who was accidentally shot, the ball 
entering the right side of the abdomen a little above and about 
two inches from the navel, I probed for the ball, and found that 
it had perforated the abdominal wall, lodging somewhere in 1 he 
abdominal cavity, I made no other attempt to locate the ball, and 
ordered him to lie quietly in bed for two weeks and take nothing 
the first week but cold water to drink, and second week a careful 
diet of milk and water. At no time did he present any symp- 
tom of peritonitis or show rise of temperature. With this plan 
of treatment he made a good recovery, and subsequently had no 
untoward symptoms. What would have been the result had I 
cut and probed and fed as the expert surgeon did in the cases of 
Garfield and McKinley? I had no surgical fever or germs to 
fight and cause death. 

It has been asked why germs multiply so rapidly in disease, if 
they were not the cause. In mild cases of disease there are not so 
many germs required to do the work as there are in severe forms. 

Flies are classed as useless, a pest and transmitter of disease. 
Let us again ask ourselves, whether God created flies for a good 
or evil mission, or to be a blessing to man and not a curse. Flies 
always search for refuse, all forms of filth, dead carcasses of all 
kinds, and every decaying thing that is deleterious to man. How 
quickly the flies will deposit their eggs on all kinds of such matter 
wherever found. Flies are scavengers and we never see them 
deposit their eggs on a healthy surface, but always on dead mat- 
ter. Their mission can be compared to that of germs. You have 
observed that they come in very large numbers to deposit their 
eggs on a large carcass, and in lesser numbers to a small one. You 
have seen how rapidly their eggs hatch and become active worms 
or maggots and in a day or two we will see the large body of the 
dead animal rise and fall as if there was life there from the active 
movements of the worms feeding, and the carcass, a mass of liv- 

The Mission of Genus. 349 

ing worms, and in two or three days they have consumed the de- 
caying body. After their work is all done they are transformed 
into other forms of organisms or bodies, and then search for 
other dead matter to destroy, and bring aid and not a curse to 
man. If we desire not to have so many flies, do not furnish the 
refuse matter for them to feed and propagate on. 

Germs are attracted to their natural soil. We will take a 
typhoid soil as an illustration. We have a flock of sixty or more 
germs of all kinds of disease floating about through the air 
searching for the soil that will afford their own special food. 
The first germ to examine the typhoid soil is an erysipelas germ 
and finds it not adapted for its food, and passes on in search of 
an erysipelas soil to feed upon ; following this erysipelas germ we 
may have to examine this typhoid soil, pneumonic, anthrax, 
tuberculous, diphtheritic and a score of other kinds of germs, and 
find this typhoid soil repugnant to their nostrils and distasteful, 
and they all pass on in search of their own special food. Now 
comes a typhoid germ that finds its own special soil to feed and 
propagate upon and begins the work of aiding the vital force to 
change and purify the system from this disease, and when its 
work is completed it leaves, when the patient is restored to 
health, again in search of other fields of typhoid soil. Now, 
when this typhoid germ has entered and has developed thou- 
sands more of its kind to aid in the work of purification, there 
appears on the scene a much more powerful enemy, a yellow fever 
germ, examining this typhoid soil. Now, as the yellow fever 
germ is so much more powerful and virulent, as bacteriologists 
claim, why does not it exterminate or expel the typhoid germs 
and convert this typhoid soil into yellow fever only? It cannot 
because this is a typhoid soil, and not adapted to its use. For 
the same reason all of the other most powerful germs, as those 
of bubonic plague, small-pox, tubercular and Asiatic cholera, 
and all of the other germs known to bacteriologists, which are 
stronger and could expel the typhoid germs and occupy their soil, 
refuse it the same as the yellow fever germs that preceded them, 
and search for their own special soil to feed and propagate on. 
If the germs found in small-pox are the cause, why do not all 
persons exposed to its influence in close, warm, illy ventilated 

350 The Mission of Genus. 

places contract the disease? Take for an illustration, a railroad 
coach with fifty or sixty passengers in the winter time, close and 
very warm, and in that coach is a person who has small-pox, and 
has ridden with the occupants of the coach some one hundred 
or more miles, this person is sick, and at the end of the journey 
is found to have genuine small-pox, and all of the passengers in 
that coach have been exposed to its germs. Now, if the germ is 
the cause of small-pox, why do not all in that coach contract the 
disease if the germ has such power? After all of these passengers 
have been carefully quarantined and vaccinated, we find, as a re- 
sult, that possibly two or three persons exposed in that coach 
out of the fifty or sixty, have the small-pox. Why not all in the 
coach? This proves positively that the others were healthy and 
not susceptible to its influence, as a healthy person is immune 
from this, and all other diseases known. If vaccination had pro- 
tective power why did the two or three cases come down with 
the disease and not the others? 

We know from many good and reliable records that vaccination 
is not a good preventive. If it were, why do so many in armies, 
and all over the world, after being repeatedly vaccinated, have 
the small-pox, and vaccination has to be so often repeated on 
every new exposure? Vaccine from the animal is just as bad to 
use as the vaccine from arm to arm, or from a supposed healthy 
child. We have personally seen and know that the cows have 
all kinds of tumors, and cancers, and all kinds of disease like the 
human race. All of their diseases lie latent in the animal the 
same as in the human family, and are shown and developed as age 
advances, and the vaccine is no more safe to use than the human. 
I have seen enormous cancerous livers, and cancerous tumors 
upon different portions of the animal's body, these observations 
include the horse also, these diseases proved fatal the same as 
in the human family. Do tubercle bacilli cause consumption, 
the scourge of the human race today? 

If so, why do so few over the whole world have it when milk and 
other foods have been eaten and drank by children and adults 
for ages of time, with impunity and no tuberculous disease the 
result ? Even at the present day a healthy child or adult can drink 
freely of tuberculous milk, and the vital forces have the power 

The Mission of Genus. 351 

created within us, by the all-wise Creator to protect us, to kill 
not only the bacillus, but every germ known, or that ever will be 
known. The all-wise God affords us protection to aid us to 
cleanse and purify us when we have disease. 

We are the first cause, and we never see germs in disease until 
the soil is produced by us, we are the first great cause of all 
diseases, by unhealthy and unhygienic conditions and environ- 
ment germs come, and then only do we find them. If germs 
cause tuberculosis in cattle, contagious and communicable, why 
do we not find more, or even all, of the herd tuberculous in a 
large herd, when all have been. subject to the same unsanitary 
conditions and environment? Because the rest of the herd were 
healthy and not susceptible, but the healthy ones may, in course 
of time, being constantly exposed to this unsanitary environment, 
become tuberculous. 

I have personally visited many stables among farmers and 
others, where cattle are herded, and have seen many very foul, 
filthy, ill-ventilated, dark, damp and wet underground basements 
or cellars, used for housing animals. In many large cellar-stables, 
when closed for the night, there is no light or ventilation, doors 
and windows being closed to keep them warm so that the cows 
would give more milk. When the door was opened on cold winter 
mornings this foul, pent up air would rush out, a heavy body of 
steam, laden with the rank, foul odor of offal, as well as the vit- 
iated, peculiar, sweetish odor of their breath. How can pure milk 
be expected from such a source? Sterilized or Pasteurized milk 
is not healthy milk, as sterilized and Pasteurizing kill or destroy 
the red animal principle in the milk, and it is deprived of its 
real food value. Children cannot thrive on such milk. We are 
the cause of cows becoming tuberculous and unhealthy. I have 
seen a large number of cows lie down in their own excretions, and 
their hind quarters become covered with a solid mass of filth dur- 
ing the winter season, from their offal, which strongly adhered 
to them from one to two inches thick, until they were turned 
out to pasture in the spring and shed their hair. Also the cow's 
whole udder and teats were well soaked with their own excre- 
tions, which dropped off in drops in the morning. Now these 
cow's udders were never washed before milking; the milkers 

352 The Mission of Germs. 

would take a wisp of hay or straw and wipe the dripping secre- 
tions from the udders and teats, but not from the bag, so that 
while milking, the secretions would run down from the cow's ud- 
der into the hand and drip off into the milk between the milk- 
man's ringers. This milk was rank with the taste of these secre- 
tions. (I have personally seen this and will make affidavit there- 
to.) Also, I have seen lumps of the soft offal fall from the 
cow's bag into the pail of milk while milking, and the milkman 
put his soiled hand down in the milk and take the lump of offal 
out. Other times when the cow's bag was dry and covered with 
dry dust and dirt and while milking this dry dust and dirt would 
fall and cover the foam with dust and dirt, and this dust and dirt 
would remain on the milk until it was carried to the milk room 
or cellar to be strained into pans for creaming, and in the bottom 
of the strainer would be a good handful of hacked black dirt. 
Many times the milk was strained and left in very damp, mouldy, 
musty, unsanitary cellars, to make butter to sell. Also these 
cows were never carded or washed from year to year, and in the 
spring of the year have seen the cows' backs full of large white 
grubs. Also one or two in the herd very poor and lousy : many 
would die. These grubs and lice were never found on healthy 
animals. Now if the germs of tuberculosis have the great power 
assigned to them, why did they not attack the unhealthy ones, 
that the grubs and lice did before the grubs and lice. 

These cows and horses often drink the water of stagnant ponds 
or foul river water or swamps, or foul wells, when the water 
was contaminated from the backing of the barnyards into wells 
after heavy storms. Yet these people lived and drank such con- 
taminated milk from tuberculous cows, and also from all filthy 
secretions. Can germs be the cause of tuberculosis in cattle and 

Preventive Treatment. 

With pure air and sanitary environment none of the cows or 
any of the stock become unhealthy for germs to feed upon. Also 
all of the diseased and tuberculous ones can be cured without 
the law ordering them to be killed, simply by observing and 
putting in force sanitary, hygienic conditions. 

The Mission of Germs. 353 

Our laws would be more potent for good if the money were 
employed strictly to enforce sanitary laws rather than to pay 
for the destruction of herds after they become tuberculous. The 
animals can be cured just as well from tuberculosis, as we now 
cure it in the human family. If we want to eradicate con- 
sumption in the human as well as in the animal kingdom, do not 
supply the environment or conditions for its propagation as we 
now do in all cities and villages by the hot-beds of so many un- 
sanitary tenements. It is useless for us to erect hospitals for the 
tuberculous, as long as our lax laws permit property holders to 
maintain and construct their foul, unsanitary tenements, to 
breed diseases of all kinds. 

The first great factor would be for our laws to be strictly en- 
forced, that all living rooms in all tenements, and other un- 
sanitary places, be well supplied with good, pure air and light, 
and free from all filth and unsanitary conditions. If we strictly 
enforce such a law, in a few years we would nearly eradicate this 
Great White Plague. Such a law would prove effective in all 
kinds of diseases which man or animal is subject to over the 
whole world. We learn that the reason why small-pox is so fatal 
with the Esquimaux is that the temperature outside of their huts 
in that frigid climate is often 6o° below zero, and in huts gener- 
ally 90 above, and only a small opening at the apex of the hut, so 
that the smoke of the burning oil might escape. It is so hot and 
close in their huts, that all of the inmates are naked, and they 
wipe the perspiration freely from their bodies and it adds to the 
general filth. 

It has been proved in the large hospital in Ontario. Canada, 
and localities in the United States that about 70 per cent, of 
tuberculous cases can be cured by simple, pure cold air. good en- 
vironment and hygienic conditions, with no drugs in any form 

I have treated and seen many cases in the very last stage, 
whose lives were dispaired of, recover better health than they 
had ever enjoyed, and after one or two years, go back again 
to their former habits of living and environments, and damp places 
where they formerly lived and relapse rapidly to their old 
enemy and prove fatal in a few months. Patients who recover 

354 The Mission of Germs. 

from tuberculosis must never go back to any of their old habits of 
living or environment, and they will never get a relapse or re- 
currence of their old disease. Small-pox was nearly eradicated 
in Cleveland, Ohio, and other localities, by cleaning up all filth 
and enforcing strict sanitary laws ; also, yellow fever in New Or- 
leans by enforcing the same laws. Unsanitary conditions and not 
germs are the first causes of small-pox, yellow fever, consump- 
tion, etc. 

Microbes and Germs "All a Modern Humbug." 

In the autobiography of Andrew D. White is to be found this 
very significant paragraph : "Count Muenster, who was selected 
by the German Emperor as the head of the delegation to the 
first Peace Conference at the Hague, to represent Germany, in a 
conversation with Andrew D. White, said that bacteria, microbes 
and disease germs were 'all a modern humbug.' Such a state- 
ment coming from one of the leading scholars of Germany, where 
research in bacteriology is carried to its highest degree of perfec- 
tion, is certainly very remarkable." Count Muenster, as one of 
the leading scholars of Germany, and as one of the German 
Emperor's advisers and counselors, is in a position to know 
something about the development of medical science in his own 
country. But unlike the medical profession of Germany, he has 
no apparent interest whatever in maintaining the germ theory 
which has become the source of so many official positions and 
good salaries among the medical profession. 

Man has the power to entail on himself disease and suffering. 
Disease means a house cleaning, a purification, therefore, disease 
is not a curse but a blessing. When our system is cleansed from 
its impurities we are restored to health again. Observe the pa- 
tient after a severe course of fever, or any other severe disease, 
he generally remains well and has no return of the fever, or any 
other disease, unless he resumes his former habits of living. 

I can, and you may, recall many cases of fever that, after the 
patient recovers, remains well the rest of his life : the same dis- 
ease never recurs ; also, he remains immune from other sickness. 
Pain is a friend, not an enemy. It is a sentry on guard to give 
us a warning of danger. It is then for us to ask ourselves, what 
have I been doing, or eating, to cause this pain? We must ask 

The Mission of Germs. 355 

Mr. Pain to just keep on proding us. until we learn what we have 
done to cause this suffering. If we learn the cause, that moment 
we are two-thirds cured. Germs did not cause this pain, but 
some inherent ferment. Our old and expert observer, Prof. 
Bomberg. says that "pain in a nerve is a prayer for healthy blood." 
Pain in a nerve indicates that it is receiving impurities, and acts 
as a poison, and gives us a warning of danger. 

As germs were created before Adam was, if they were the 
cause of disease, why did they not attack and destroy Adam be- 
fore Eve was created, so there would have been no human race 
to suffer? Let us keep first and prominently in our minds that 
God created Adam pure and holy, and warned him what the re- 
sult would be if he disobeyed Him and sinned, and at this present 
time we are suffering the results of Adam's and Eve's dis- 
obedience and sin. and germs were not the cause of the first dis- 
ease from sin that appeared in the human family. God made 
antidotes from the beginning of creation for every known dis- 
ease. These remedies He planted all over the whole world, on 
mountains, hills, valley and plain, also in the animal, vegetable 
and mineral kingdoms, for man to study and learn how to apply 
them in all forms of disease for his good. Observe how. for 
malaria, He caused the Eucalyptus, Salix, Eupatorium per. and 
Peruvian tree to grow along malarious rivers, swamps and all 
other remedies were placed in their proper localities. 

If we wish to be healthy we must know and obey the laws of 
health. How shall we accomplish this result and conquer dis- 
ease? First, we would have the governments over the whole 
world enact stringent laws and enforce them that students of 
every school be taught thoroughly, physiology and hygiene, 
which are at the present time so sadly neglected, and these 
studies would be the forerunner to cleanliness and sanitation. 
If this law was enacted and strictly enforced it would open the 
door for the study of dietetics, and to prepare good and whole- 
some hygienic foods. It is true that this is an age of pappy, 
sloppy, and "predigested" foods, which are gulped down and 
need no biting, chewing or mastication, but the digestion of 
these pappy, unhygienic foods is left mostly to intestinal diges- 
tion and poor assimilation ; such prepared foods are the principal 

356 The Mission of Genus. 

cause at the present day of 99 per cent, of all cases of appendi- 
citis and adenoids of children's air passages. Fifty years ago ap- 
pendicitis was very rare, and caused by some foreign substance. 
Adenoids were not then known in children. The function of 
the salivary glands of the mouth is to alkalize the food before 
passing from the mouth to the stomach, whose secretions are 
acid. When our foods are well masticated and thoroughly in- 
salivated and alkalized in the mouth before swallowing to mingle 
with the gastric juice of the stomach which is acid, and when 
the alkalized food meets the acid secretion in the stomach, it 
changes and alkalizes it and prevents acid fermentation. If acid 
fermentation is not prevented, then follows a long train of all 
kinds of derangements of the digestive organs, and this condition 
forms the basis of a large number of diseases at the present time. 

History proves that in former ages, when our foods were 
hard, and man had to chew them thoroughly before swallowing, 
and by this act the food became thoroughly insalivated and al- 
kalized, appendicitis and adenoids were scarcely known. At the 
present day we can see the good results from the drainage of 
marshes, swamps and low lands, which have nearly eradicated 
fever and ague or intermittent fevers ; also, the bilious remittent 
fevers, which, about one hundred years ago, were so prevalent, 
that nearly every family had the ague and kept quinine in the 
house, and all the members would take it daily before meals, to 
ward off the dreaded so-called shakes of those days. In many 
cases quinine and other remedies failed to control the chills, and 
then cases would last them seven years, and these sufferers would 
say that we must shake or wear it out, if it did not shake them 
out of existence. Many of these did continue seven years, and these 
afflicted ones were sallow, wan and very emaciated, and many 
suffered from the Ague Cake, or enormous enlargement of the 
spleen, from its congestion from the very severe chills, and at 
this stage many succumbed from the resultant complications of 
the ague. I have treated very many such cases, and have seen 
some patients take twenty grains of quinine at a single dose to 
control the chills, and such large doses failed to conquer these 
severe chills. 

In villages where they have sewers, the health board has neg- 

The Mission of Germs. 357 

lected their duty to compel and strictly enforce the law, that all 
water closets, drains and cesspools in the corporation be well 
connected with the sewers. We know of villages where only a 
few parties have their water closets connected with sewer, and 
in such towns they have many cases of typhoid fever and diph- 
theria from such unsanitary sewers. If the health board in these 
villages would make a personal inspection of all these houses where 
the water closets are not connected with the sewer, they would 
find full proof of the source of these two filth diseases, which 
many times prove so fatal. They would find on their inspection 
many of the most foul and unsanitary water closets, and the ex- 
halations from these foul closets contaminating the air, which can 
be readily detected at night, in warm, or rainy, damp weather. 
After their inspection they would, no doubt, be surprised at the 
bad, unsanitary conditions found, and wonder why there is not 
more sickness in town than there is from the unsanitary dele- 
terious, contaminated sewers. Well enforced sanitary laws will 
eradicate all kinds and types of disease that have their origin 
from such contaminated conditions. If we want to eliminate this 
type of disease, we must not supply the soil and conditions from 
such sources. We will admit, for the sake of argument, for the 
large majority of people who are laboring under the delusion 
that germs cause disease. Take a case of typhoid fever, when the 
patient, after a course of three or four weeks, is just recover- 
ing, or has recovered, from the fever, and there is a larger force 
of germs than when this fever began, and these germs have the 
power embodied in them to cause the fever, why do they not, 
while the patient is in a weakened condition of his vital forces, 
renew their attack, and, if necessary, repeat it until they cause 
the death of the patient ? We know positively they do not, as the 
vital force of the patient, with the aid of the germs, the system, 
has been cleansed and purified and restored to healthy conditions, 
and there is no typhoid soil for the germs to feed upon, and these 
germs have not the power to create anew this soil. 

Remember, that if we would be healthy, we must know and 
obey the laws of health, and this door is always open for all who 
will enter in, but very few find it and enter in its portals. We 
have but a few plain, simple rules to adopt. We take, first, pure 

358 The Mission of Germs. 

air, as that was designated by the Creator as the first element that 
we all should receive when born into this world. But what a 
large majority in after life avail themselves of this great boon. 
We find very many at the present day retire at night, and say 
that prayer, "Now I lay me down to sleep and pray the Lord my 
soul to keep," and then close the doors and windows tightly. 
Some fifty years ago we had many cases of croup in families 
and quite fatal. These cases were all caused from close, impure 
air in warm rooms. The children always slept in warm, close, 
unventilated rooms, supposedly to keep them warm and from tak- 
ing colds, and all of the c ~ cases were caused in so doing. Now 
at the present day we rarely hear of a child having the dreaded 
croup, as the sleeping room is supplied with fresh air. 

We find as the first great factor in consumption, the dreaded 
"Great White Plague," at the present day, the first symptoms are, 
on careful examination of the patient, some derangement of 
the digestive organs, and associated with this condition, impure 
air in the living rooms, but especially in the sleeping rooms. 

This great scourge can be nearly eradicated by pure, well 
cooked, hygienic foods and pure air, and we can discard drugs 
entirely. To conquer this great scourge of the human family, we 
must have very stringent laws enacted by the United States gov- 
ernment, and our official authorities in all of the States fully en- 
force the law. The first great law chat should be enacted is to 
eradicate all now existing tenements in cities, or wherever located, 
to first get rid of these hot-beds of consumption and kindred 
diseases. Our authorities must cut the tap root of the tubercular 
tree, foul tenements, and forbid the construction of others, save 
those in which every living and sleeping room can be supplied with 
fresh air and light. There is certainly no use of our government 
building and expending large sums of money for consumptive 
hospitals, until we exterminate the first great cause. If we adopt 
this course, consumption can easily be eradicated in the United 

The sum of the laws of health are, pure air, sanitation, good 
environment, and good wholesome, well cooked foods. 

Chronic Case of Ileo-colitis. 359 


By Agostino Mattoli. 

Y. D., born March 22d, 1906, was, at time of birth, a very 
healthy child, weighing four Kg. (8>4 lbs.), and he developed 
normally until early in August, 1906, when, as a result of the 
change from mother's milk to artificial diet, necessitated by his 
mother's illness, he began to fail. 

A regular school specialist was called, who made the diagnosis 
of ileo-colitis, and began his treatment with calomel, followed by 
castor oil, etc. . . . 

During the ensuing winter the child seemed pretty well, though 
every now and then he had an intestinal attack. In the spring of 
1907 the child failed to gain, looked very delicate and the intes- 
tines were almost all the time out of order. Then the specialist 
ordered that the little patient be taken to a summer resort, in- 
structing the parents to continue his treatment there. But even 
the country air and all possible care from the mother (a very 
intelligent American woman) did very little good and the child 
was sickly all summer. 

In December, 1907, the parents, back in Rome, and being very 
much afraid of losing their child, resolved to try Homoeopathy, 
and they sent for me. 

I examined him December 1st, 1907, and found the little pa- 
tient, then one year, eight and a half months old, weighing 10 
Kg. (20^ lbs.), and looking very badly. The face, cheeks and 
lips, were pale, the head seemed too large, the abdomen tympan- 
itic, the tongue coated. He was unable to digest, as the mother 
said, even a tablespoonful of milk. He was irritable all the 
time, weak, never wanted to play : sometimes he was constipated 
and sometimes had diarrhcea, most of the food being undigested. 

Considering the symptoms and the fact of the frequent allo- 
pathic doses the child had taken, I prescribed Nux vom. 3X for 
six days, morning and night, and a carefully arranged, suitable 
diet, the principal part being a quart of milk in every twenty-four 

*The Recorder is indebted to Dr. Spencer Carleton, of New York City, 
for the manuscript of Dr. Mattoli's excellent and very suggestive paper. 
Editor of the Homozopathic Recorder. 

360 Chronic Case of Ileo-colitis. 

hours. The mother was very sceptical about its being possible 
for the child to digest milk, as he never had been able to. 

After six days, the report was, good improvement, the child 
digested his milk and took it with pleasure. 

Nux vom. 6x, one dose in the evening only, and Sac. lac, was 
the new prescription for the next six days. 

Child reported to be still better, but had still, sometimes, con- 
stipation, and sometimes diarrhoea, especially in the morning, 
followed by weakness and dislike of water. 

Sulphur 200th, was prescribed, a dose every other day, for six 
days, and Sac. lac. 

January 1, 1908. — Patient generally better, weight, 11 Kg. 
(22^ lbs.). Sulphur 200th, a dose every week, and Sac. lac, 
was prescribed. 

The child continued to improve, and on April 22, weighed 
12.200 Kg. (25 lbs.), slept very well, was round-faced and red- 
cheeked, was always happy, and played boisterously all the 

The mother said, "His appetite is wonderful, he wants to eat all 
the time, and the assimilation of his food is almost perfect ; he has 
a little trouble with teething, at present, and is rather thirsty, 
and two or three times has had diarrhoea, rather green and 

I gave Calc. phosph. 3X, one dose a day, for seven days. 
Child reported much better and having no more trouble with 
his bowels. Prescribed Calc. phosph. 6x a dose every other 
day, and Sac. lac. 

May 16. — Child well, gained 400 grammes more since his last 
weight, in spite of his being in Rome in hot weather. No medi- 
cine. He is now two years, two months • old, has been six months 
only, under homoeopathic treatment, is well, happy, and weighs 
Kg., 12.600 (25^4 lbs.). 

What is there to say in connection with this case ? It certainly 
shows the wonderful action of the indicated remedy and the ease 
with which our school can cure cases called chronic and hopeless 
by our regular school friends, who, with their strong doses, 
while trying to help their patients, do them much harm, and often 
when they do get well, it happens, not as a result of their having 

Hieracium Pilosella. 361 

followed nature in her grand and immutable laws, but ab- 
solutely "Contra Medicum !" 

Great allopaths still advise their pupils about, at least, not harm- 
ing any of their patients, and Hyett, in the preface of his book 
on anatomy, writes, "There are very few drugs that are really 
useful in practice, and those can be written on a finger nail, but 
what I recommend is not to do any harm to the patients, and 
this many doctors never learn during all their lifetime !" . . . 

Holt, in his book, "Diseases of Infancy and Childhood," on 
page 359, speaking of the treatment of chronic ileo-colitis, writes 
— "Little or nothing is to be expected from drugs ; no greater mis- 
take is made than to give these children, week after week, the 
various diarrhoea mixtures, with the expectation that ultimately 
the formula which exactly meets the wants of the particular case 
will be found. Drugs are to be used only for the relief of special 
symptoms !" 

And being so, why, instead of trying the palliative treatment 
(that is always harmful), do not our dear colleagues consult 
with us over these cases when they have seen that we are able, by 
our system of therapeutics, "similia similibus curantur," to cure 
these patients — fighting always the cause of the disease — tute, 
cito et jucundef 

Rome, Italy, June 3, 1908. 

By Dr. E. Fornias. 

In the Revue Homoeopatique Francaise, for February, 1908, 
we find an interesting article on the common Creeping Mouse- 
ear (Spa., Pilosela 0' vellosilla; Fch., Oreille de souris; Ger., 
Habichts kraut). It belongs to the Hieracium, gender of the 
liqueliform, herbaceous Tynanthae, one of the richest in species. 
"The name Hieracium is derived from the Greek, and signifies 
hawk, because this bird of prey, according to Pliny, as soon as 
its sight flags never fails to recover its sharpness to rub its eyes 
with the juice of this herb ; or, more probable, because in former 
times the young hawks, trained for the chase, were fed on the 
seeds of the plant known in botany under the name of Hiera- 

362 Hieracium Pilosella. 

cium Murorum, and which, undoubtedly, gave its name to all 
the species of the gender." 

"The Hawk-weeds, O. Cichoracece, usually flourish in high 
mountains, but are found also in low regions. Among them we 
should mention :" 

1. "The Hieracium Murorum {Auricular muris major, Pul- 
monaire des Francais), whose common characteristic is that 
they possess red-brown spots spread on their leaves. The 
country people look for this plant on account of its aperient and 
vulnerary properties." 

2. "The French Hawk-weed (Pulmonaria Gallica), which 
grows abundantly in the woods and has the same properties as 
the above. But the best known is the Hieracium Pilosella, 
which is the one we shall consider and study." 

"The Hieracium Pilosella is found by the side of roads, 
along slopes, and in all uncultivated lands. The vilous stems 
creep from the soil, bringing forth white, shaggy leaves, like 
mouse-ears, sprouting suckers and carrying on their peduncles, 
sulphur-yellow flowers, those at the periphery being usually 
streaked with red underneath. Its roots are short and slender. 
This plant flourishes from May to September, and contains a 
bitter, lactescent juice, which is slightly astringent." 

"Mathioli, who has given us a very complete description of 
this plant, distinguishes a variety of Pilosella which grows 
among the rocks, and is considerably larger than those known in 
France. He calls it Pilosella Major." 

"Pilosella was employed for many years in medicine. Pliny 
relates that an eye-wash of repute was made of this plant. Later 
on, it was used as an astringent to heal wounds and arrest the 
descent of the bowel. Mathioli considers it a good remedy for 
those purposes, not only internally, but when externally applied." 
"This authority adds, 'that the shepherds, when informed of the 
astringent property of this plant are careful not to take their 
flocks of sheep to places where this herb grows in abundance, for 
it constipates the cattle so as to cause the death of many." "This 
is the origin of our knowledge, as to the value of this plant in 
diarrhoea and dysentery, and Mathioli again asserts this to be a 
good remedy for catarrhal conditions of the stomach and bilious 

Hieracium Pilosella. 363 

vomiting, and equally effective in spitting of blood, and all kinds 
of cuts and bruises, especially those of the cranium." 'Even in 
our days, the astringent properties of Pilosella are utilized with 
success.' The facility with which it is procured in France from 
May to September, has made of this plant a precious remedy 
for summer diarrhoea. Besides, in symptomatic diarrhoea, or 
diarrhoea due to other affection, its administration is followed by 
an immediate improvement, which consists in a diminution of the 
intestinal secretion and a more firm consistency of the stools." 

"The astringent principle is chiefly found in the leaves. They 
are employed in doses of 5 to 20 per 1,000, which can be in- 
creased without inconvenience in infusion. This plant is non- 
toxic and makes an agreeable drink.' ' 

"We can, likewise, employ the leaves of Pilosella, as we do 
other vegetable astringents in their multiple applications." 

"Finally, its use has been advised in Cholera, both as an as- 
tringent and intestinal antiseptic ; as w r ell as in gravel and ter- 
tian fever." • 

"By its numerous properties and the facility with which it is 
obtained, it is certainly a precious remedy, deserving to be better 
known and more generally utilized." {Echo medical des Civen- 

Note. — It seems to me that this reemdy could be conveniently 
compared with Ruta, Calendula, Arnica, Hamamelis, Hy- 
pericum, Ledum, Symphytum, and even Rhus tox. 

Philadelphia, Pa. 

Xote. — Although Hazvk-weed (Hieracium) has been used by 
the old school in several diseases, such as scrofula and chronic 
catarrh, its chief claim to notice rests on its reputed power of 
curing the bites of venomous snakes. From Stille and Maisch, 
we learn that the late Dr. Griffith, of Philadelphia, in his Medical 
Botany, relates the following: "Some years ago a person brought 
a collection of rattlesnakes to this city, and professed to be in pos- 
session of a certain cure for the symptoms arising from their 
bite, which he offered to divulge for a moderate compensation. 
This being paid him, he suffered himself to be bitten several 
times, and after the poisonous effects had displayed themselves, 
was completely relieved by taking a few ounces of the decoction 

364 The Right Talk. 

of a plant which was identified as Hierachun venosum. The 
same snake was suffered to bite a small puppy, which died from 
the poison in about five hours. These experiments were made 
in the presence of a number of distinguished medical and scien- 
tific persons." 

The Hieracium venosum grows in the dry woods and plains of 
North America, the Hieracium Pilosella is an European plant, 
with a bitter and astringent taste, more so than the former. 
There is another .variety, called Hieracium murorum (Linne), 
Pulmonaire of the French, which is only slightly bitter and as- 
tringent, and which has been used as a vulnerary and in chest 


President Royal S. Copeland in his splendid address at the 
meeting of the American Institute of Homoeopathy at Kansas 
City, said : 

"As compared with the death losses of 1890, in the United 
States, the losses per hundred thousand in 1900 had enormous- 
ly increased as regards certain diseases. Pneumonia, for in- 
stance, reaped 1,107 more deaths in every hundred thousand cases 
than ten years previously; heart disease, 1,328 more; kidney 
disease, 1,222 more; apoplexy, 806 more; diseases of the stomach, 
338 more ; diabetes, 164 more ; cancer, 634 more. The increase of 
fatal cases of cancer in this country and all over the world is terri- 
fying. In 1900, of reported deaths, thirty thousand people died 
from this dread disease in the United States. Probably if the 
truth were known, more than fifty thousand persons departed this 
life as the direct result of cancer in 1907." Naturally the query 
arises, Why? Has not scientific medicine given us serums and 
vaccine and other things galore to squirt or scratch into the blood, 
so why this unseemly behaviour of the "grim reaper?" 

Dr. Copeland concludes as follows : 

Homoeopathy the Solution. 

"In Homoeopathy, humanity has the priceless secret the key to 
the shackles of disease, the relief from the bane of the ages. This 
has long been the testimony of our own school of practice, it has 

Dr. Abbott Once More. 365 

occasionally been admitted by a broad-minded and observant man 
of the other school, and this past twelve months especially has 
been widely discussed in scientific bodies, and the homoeopathic 
ideas, if not the name, are now practically accepted by the domi- 
nant school. In the language of the bright-winged angel of olden 
days, we 'bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all 
people." In Homoeopathy is healing for the nations. With joint 
ownership in all the marvels of surgery, in all the products of the 
laboratories, in all that the sciences collateral to medicine have 
determined — with joint ownership in all these, Homoeopathy has 
been sole possessor of the knowledge of remedial application. 
When surgery has been helpless, the laboratory impotent, and 
general science hopelessly at sea, Homoeopathy has gone on, 
serene in the conviction of cures impossible by other methods. 
Practitioners of our faith are everywhere, our hospitals are in- 
creasing in numbers and influence, our asylums, homes and dis- 
pensaries are without end ; the records are open and the results 
of our practice speak for themselves. 

"But the homoeopathic profession has no wish to make selfish 
use of its knowledge. As the momentary ambassador of this great 
profession and in the name of Samuel Hahnemann, I 'freely con- 
fer upon all physicians, of all schools, of all creeds and color, of 
all nationalities and languages, a boon greater than scalpel or for- 
ceps, greater than anaesthetic or anodyne, greater than hypodermic 
or application, greater than lotion or emollient, the knowledge of 
the homoeopathic materia medica, and the rights to use it in its 
original purity. By authority of his living heirs, I divide with you 
our inheritance and receive you as sons and daughters, with our- 
selves, of our father in the faith, Samuel Christian Frederick 

That's the right talk ! Drop the passing medical craze and go 
back to those old war horses, Aconite, Belladonna, Bryonia and 
the others of the old guard. 


To the Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder: 

Inasmuch as in your issue for May 15, in an editorial entitled 
"Medical 'High Finance,' " you make some statements concern- 

366 Dr. Abbott Once More. 

ing the Abbott Alkaloidal Company and myself (presumably ab- 
stracted from the Journal of the A. M. A.), which are prac- 
tically all misrepresentations of fact and in part absolutely un- 
true, I feel confident that you will give me the opportunity to 
put myself before the readers of your journal. Let me take up 
in detail the various points which you make and which you say 
you gather from the columns of the Journal of the Association, 
i. The statement that "many of the alkaloids and active prin- 
ciples of drugs exploited by the company are nothing but 'typi- 
cal nostrums.' ' This is absurd, because an alkaloid or an active 
principle is never a nostrum, being in every case a definite and 
well defined substance. Out of about six hundred remedies on 
the list of the Abbott Alkaloidal Company, less than a dozen are 
designated as specialties. Three of these, I believe, have been 
criticised by the Journal of the A. M. A., and called by them 
"typical nostrums." Inasmuch as not one of them is a secret 
preparation, and all are offered in free competition by other 
manufacturers, the charge that they are "nostrums" is truly far- 

2. You make the statement, again, upon the authority of the 
Journal of the Association, that our journal is published for "the 
exploitation of the various products of the company." This ap- 
pears with rather ill grace upon your own pages, inasmuch as the 
Homceopathic Recorder is much more closely related to 
Boericke & Tafel than the American Journal of Clinical Medi- 
cine is to the Abbott Alkaloidal Company. The statement that 
our journal is published for the exploitation of Abbott Alkaloidal 
idea of Company products is untrue. Its purpose is to promote 
the idea of alkaloidal therapy, just exactly as I suppose your 
journal exists to promote the homoeopathic school, except that 
active principle therapy is in no sense a sectarian school. It is 
simply a method of treatment, and, we believe, one which is of 
the utmost value to all physicians, to whatever school they be- 

3. That I wrote forty-eight articles in 1907, which were pub- 
lished in various medical journals, and that these articles were 
chiefly devoted to the products the Abbott Alkaloidal Company 
have for sale. I plead guilty to writing the articles. Further- 

Dr. Abbott Once More. 367 

more. I believe that the journals which published them were gen- 
erally glad to get them, and found them of value to their read- 
ers. That they were chiefly devoted to the products of the Ab- 
bott Alkaloidal Company I deny. Careful analysis shows that 
of two hundred and twenty-five remedies mentioned in these 
articles, only nine were distinctly products of the Abbott Alka- 
loidal Company. All the rest of the drugs mentioned were those 
made by many pharmacists, and, therefore, information given 
concerning them helped every drug manufacturer. Against the 
nine of my own products one hundred and thirty-seven United 
States Pharmacopceial products were mentioned. 

4. That "there is a corps of doctors who write for the com- 
pany, and who are 'afflicted with the testimonial habit,' " etc. 
I admit with pleasure and gratitude that there are a number of 
physicians in this country who think well enough of the alka- 
loidal idea to use voice and pen in promoting it. That one of 
these men contributes papers praising different proprietary prep- 
arations is not my fault. I can hardly be held responsible for that 

5. That the Abbott Alkaloidal Company issued bonds to phy- 
sicians which are simply unsecured notes. Admitted. There 
has never been any secret about it — not the slightest. Moreover, 
every purchaser of these bonds has received exact and definite 
information as to their character, and knew that he was pur- 
chasing unsecured notes, or call loans, and, understanding this 
fact, not one of them has made a complaint. These men are 
satisfied with their investment, which pays them from 7 to 9 per 
cent., according to the series of bonds of which they are owners. 
No man who has invested in these bonds ever lost a dollar, and 
the interest upon them has been paid promptly. Why, then, the 
assault upon us? Furthermore, the character of these bonds was 
explained in a long letter to the trustees of the A. M-. A. sent 
them more than a year ago. This letter will be printed a little 
later. The wonderful discovery on the part of the Journal of 
the American Medical Association is, therefore, a little far- 

6. That "the real estate of the company is mortgaged to Dr. 
Abbott for $30,000." This, my dear Mr. Editor, is a figment of 

368 Dr. Abbott Once More. 

your own imagination. There is not a word of truth in it. I 
hold no mortgage upon any property of the Abbott Alkaloidal 
Company, and never have held such a mortgage, but a portion of 
the property of the company was transferred to me to be held 
for them, in order that a mortgage might be placed upon 
this property, which would enable us to build our new printing 
plant after our fire of November 9, 1905, which wiped out about 
$150,000 of our property. Although this real estate is held in my 
name, it is not, and never has been, my personal property, and 
has never been so treated by me. As soon as the mortgage is 
lifted it will be transferred back to the Abbott Alkaloidal Com- 
pany. The transaction was made to meet the conditions of the 
lender, because of the laws relative to corporations holding real 
estate which they do not occupy. 

7. That the Ravenswood Bank is now in the hands of the re- 
ceiver, and that Dr. Waugh, Mr. Scoville and myself, all officers 
of the Abbott Alkaloidal Company, were directors of the bank. 
Admitted, except that Mr. Scoville, president of the bank, is no 
longer an officer of the Abbott Alkaloidal Company, and never 
had any considerable interest in that company, while he had 
charge of practically all the affairs of the bank. The bank has no 
connection whatever with the Abbott Alkaloidal Company, ex- 
cept in the line of business. It was not an "Abbott Alkaloidal 
Company Bank," as stated by the Journal. Its affairs were car- 
ried on just like those of any other partnership bank, such as 
this was. It went down in the panic last fall, as many others 
did, and from no fault of my own. Its failure was a misfortune 
which I suffer most, but its failure does not affect the Abbott 
Alkaloidal Company. 

8. That "the Abbott Alkaloidal Company owes the bank $100,- 
000 on personal notes of $100, or thereabouts, held by 1,000 phy- 
sicians throughout the country." This, again, is untrue, absolute 
nonsense. The notes held by physicians have nothing whatever 
to do with the affairs of the bank. The bank held none of these 
notes. Moreover, the Abbott Alkaloidal Company never has 
owed the bank $100,000, or anywhere near it. The actual net 
indebtedness to the bank is about $21,000. 

9. That "the Abbott Alkaloidal Company is now offering pre- 

Dr. Abbott Once More. 3^9 

ferred stock 'guaranteed' to pay the doctor 7 per cent.'' This is 
also absolutely untrue. At one time it was planned to reorganize 
our company on a capitalization commensurate with its profits, 
giving the owners of bonds the privilege of taking preferred 
stock in their place. Under this plan, the debt of the company, 
which is only small, and far more than covered by material as- 
sets, would have been entirely eliminated. 

10. That I was interested in "silver mining stock which I was 
selling to physicians." Admitted, but, inasmuch as the prop- 
erty was a good one, and I put in thousands of dollars of my 
own money, asking no one to risk where I was not willing to 
risk, I fail to see anything dishonorable about the business. The 
property was and is valuable, and mining was and is, a clean 

Finally, you quote the danger of investment in pharmaceutical 
concerns, moralizing particularly upon the immorality of gold, 
silver and other mining. So far as dangerous investments in 
pharmaceutical concerns are concerned, you, of course, have the 
right to speak from your own experience. So far as ours is con- 
cerned, you have not. As we have said, our business has been 
profitable, and every man who has invested in it has received big 
interest for his money. Our business is a clean business, one in 
which many doctors are interested, and one, which, in our 
opinion of many physicians, is destined to do more to help the 
progress of medicine than any other movement extant. 

I am surprised that a journal like yours, one which represents 
a competing house (even though it be a homoeopathic one), should 
lend itself to attacks upon a competitor, and to the publication of 
statements, everyone of which is a distortion of fact, when not 
(as in several cases) absolute falsehood. In justice to me and to 
the Abbott Alkaloidal Company, I request that you give this let- 
ter early publication in your journal. 

Very truly yours, 

W. C. Abbott. 
Chicago, III. 

Reply. The Recorder's statements contained in the article re- 
ferred to were not "presumably," but actually taken from the 

370 Primary and Secondary Drug Action. 

pages of the Journal of the American Medical Association. We 
give Dr. Abbott nearly four times more space for reply than was 
taken by our abstract, though the squabble is not ours. 

Our objections are that this medical company takes the alka- 
loids of many drugs and then draws largely on the homoeopathic 
materia medica and therapeutics for indications for their use. 
This is literary piracy. After "lifting" many indications they 
"smartly" inform the world that this substitution of alkaloids 
for indications obtained from tincture provings represents "ad- 
vance ;" that the Hahnemannian tinctures were well enough in 
their day, etc., etc., etc. This, we hold, borders on dishonesty, or, 
is, at least, unethical. Let the alkaloids be proved if they are to 
be used on homoeopathic lines. 

Dr. Abbott's final fling at this journal seems to reveal the fact 
that his field of vision is limited to commercial affairs, which is 
regretable, but, perhaps, unavoidable. The sole aim of the 
Recorder is to be a sound, commonsense, readable homoeopathic 
journal and nothing more; in this we welcome "competitors," 
for in Homoeopathy lies the medical salvation of the world, and 
the more good homoeopathic journals there are in the field the 
better for mankind. 


To the Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder: 

I was interested in one of the statements made by Dr. Wan- 
stall, in regard to the action of a given quantity of Opium, in re- 
lation to the body weight. I believe all concede that to a certain 
extent this exists, but to my mind, what the doctor did not take 
into account, the primary and secondary action of the drug itself, 
both of which are based upon the so-called physiological action, 
and which, in most cases, are diametrically opposite in their 

The few following examples are taken from Hare's "Text- 
Book of Practical Therapeutics," 12th edition (1907), and will, 
I think, go to show that a minute dose of the drug has the op- 
posite action to the poisonous dose, or even to that generally 
accepted by the old school. I hardly think that the doctor will 

Primary and Secondary Drug Action. 371 

dispute this authority, whose book is a recognized text in most 
of the representative regular medical colleges. 

Before I cite the few examples, I am reminded of a para- 
graph from Petersen's "Materia Medica and Clinical Therapeu- 
tics" (Eclectic), which appears to give a fair example of drug 
action in all its aspects. . . . Drugs have marked medicinal 
virtues in both their primary and secondary form. . . . The 
following will serve as an illustration of the dual action of drugs 
useful in both their forms. By getting the basic symptoms of the 
physiological action, it is easy to know what the indications are 
for the drug in its primary and secondary form, viz. : 

I. Glonoine: Physiological basic indications: 

Marked cerebral engorgement — face very red, throbbing 
carotids and general feeling of fullnes in head, followed by se- 
vere headache, cannot bear hat on. Warmth or heat < condi- 
tion. Bending head backwards < condition. 

II. Secondary basic indications: — (V100 gr.) Temporary cere- 
bral anaemia, anaemic headache > bending head backwards. Head 
may feel cool > by warmth. In sudden collapse, sunstroke, etc. 

III. Primary basic indication (6x — higher) : Flushed face, 
marked cerebral engorgement, throbbing carotids, headache. 
Can't bear pressure or weight on head. Wants head uncovered. 
Least jar < headache. Warmness < headache. 

It can be readily seen the physiological is our key to the 
primary and secondary use of this drug. The basic physiological 
symptoms are the indication for the drug in its primary form. 
In the secondary, we have the reverse — instead of engorgement 
we have anaemia of the brain, etc." 

If the doctor understood the two laws that govern Homoe- 
opathy, (1) The single remedy (which does not exclude the ad- 
ministration of undercurrent remedies) whose symptomatology 
offers the nearest similimum to the diseased condition; (2) The 
minimum dose which does not in all cases mean the infinitesimal, 
he would not find Homoeopathy so impossible. 

I recollect stopping in to hear a lecture given by Dr. Nash, 
who is looked upon as a high potentist, who, desiring to impress 
upon his auditors the fact that we must chose the dose quantity 
as well as the indicated remedy, told the story of a patient whom 

372 Primary and Secondary Drug Action. 

he was treating, whose condition called for a certain remedy, 
which he administered in several of the higher dilutions without 
any result. 

The case so clearly called for the drug in question that he 
eventually gave it in five grain doses of the crude drug, which 
was followed by the speedy recovery of the patient. 

As a general thing, prescribing on the primary indications, we 
are forced to give smaller doses, else we produce an aggravation 
of the condition, as will show in the paragraph on Iodine. . . . 

On page 367, of Hare, under Opium, we find the following: 

"In minute doses, Opium is a feeble stimulant, at least, not a 
depressant of the function of respiration. In overdose, it is one 
of the most powerful paralysants of the respiratory centre." 

Iodine, p. 290, under Symptoms of Iodism : 

"Intense coryza — frontal headache, sore throat, etc." P. 293, 
under the Therapeutics of Iodine, he says : "Tincture of Iodine, 
according to Renger, may be used with signal benefit in some 
persons suffering with itching of the nose, of the inner canthus, 
of one or both eyes, sneezing, running at the nose, weeping of 
the eyes and severe frontal headache" Renger's method of ad- 
ministering the Iodine was to fill partly a two pint jug with boil- 
ing water, to which he added 20 to 30 m. of Tincture of Iodine, and 
the patient breathed in the iodized steam. Hare, however, sug- 
gests that, as this produces an aggravation, that the patient hold 
the Iodine bottle in his hand and simply sniff the fumes, as the 
heat of the hand liberates sufficient Iodine, and does not pro- 
duce the agravation. 

P. 843, Treatment of Vomiting: 

"The treatment of a case of vomiting, dependent upon de- 
pression and debility of the stomach rather than upon irritation, 
is directed to the administration of a gastric and, it may be, sys- 
temic stimulant. 

The employment of a drug generally resorted to for the pro- 
duction of emesis by physicians, has caused the homoeopaths to 
claim that the regular school obey the rule of similia similibus 
curantur and infinitesimal doses. The claim only holds good on 
its face, for we do not use the infinitesimal, and obey no law, but 
use common sense. Ipecac, is an irritant, even to the skin, find it 

Primary and Secondary Drug Action, 373 

is partly by its irritant effect that it causes vomiting by exciting 
the stomach to a point over and above its normal condition. In 
vomiting dependent upon gastric debility and depression, small 
doses of Ipecac, do good, because they irritate the stomach suf- 
ficiently to restore the normal tone without extreme hyperex- 

"Under these circumstances, a drop dose of the wine of Ipecac. 
or one-fourth grain of the powdered Ipecac, every hour is of the 
greatest value, often succeeding after all other remedies have 

What homoeopath would prescibe Ipecac, unless the condition 
were accompanied by nausea showing the gastric origin of the 
vomiting and not from a centric source? An emetic dose of the 
wine of Ipecac, for an adult is jg, so one would be inclined to 
think that 1 / 500 (regularly) of this is approaching the infinitesi- 

P. 155, Cantharides. — Large amounts produce great pain in 
lumbar region, heat in bladder and urethra, priapism, agonizing 
vesical tenesmus, widespread acute nephritis, bloody urine, etc. 

Turpentine, p. 468. — Overdose causes strangury, bloody urine, 
renal inflammation, etc. 

Under Cystitis, p. 647, cystitis of a chronic type, "Dry doses 
of Tincture of Cantharides do great good. Turpentine may be 
also used with advantage in 5-20 m. doses." 

Under the treatment of Acute Nephritis, p. j6j : "The appear- 
ance of a large amount of blood in the urine at almost the fifth 
day of the illness, is an indication, according to Sidney Renger, 
for the use of drop doses of Tincture of Cantharides, given every 
few hours." Presumably, the author would be afraid to use this 
method of treatment. 

However, on p. 155, in the chronic form, he advises the use of 
one-half drop doses, three times a day. 

Podophyllum, p. 404: In one-half grain doses, Podophyllum is 
a purge, however, in children who suffer from summer diarrhoea 
in which the passages consist almost entirely of water, with a 
musty odor, Podophyllum in 1 / 60 to 1 / B0 grain doses, renders the 
passages normal. 

P. 106, Arsenic offers the best chance of benefiting cases of 

374 Book Notices. 

anaemia, but how it acts is not known, and it is curative in chronic 
diarrhoea associated with dysentery, being of service in 1 / 100 grain 
doses. Amongst the symptoms of chronic Arsenic poisoning, 
Tanner, in his "Memoranda of Poisons," tells us that anaemia and 
persistent diarrhoea are some of the results of this drug. 

Camphor, p. 149 : "In large amounts — convulsions, rapid, 
feeble, numb pulse, skin cold and livid, covered with sweat. 
Burning in the belly, gastro-intestinal and renal inflammation." 
This gives, on the whole, a pretty good picture of the collapse in 
Asiatic cholera, and under the treatment of Asiatic cholera, p. 
623, Hare advocates the use of small doses of Camphor in strong, 
red wine, to which is added gum arabic and alcohol. He thinks 
that it is probably the tannic acid of the wine that inhibits the 
growth of the spirillium. Then, why not give the red wine alone 
without the Camphor? Have not the homoeopaths statistics suf- 
ficient to show the benefit of Camphor and Cuprum in this dread 
disease, unless we believe with Mark Twain that there are 
three kinds of lies, ordinary ones, damned lies and statistics ? He 
appears to look with disfavor upon the use of Opium in this con- 

"The devil can quote Scripture for his purpose," so can one 
find here and there in old school text-books reason to believe 
that the law of similars is in accordance with common sense, but 
that law also has a corollary — the greatly diminished dose. 

M. D. S. 

New York City. 


Pocket Manual of Homoeopathic Materia Medica. By 
William Boericke, M. D. Fourth edition. With a Repertorv, 
by Oscar E. Boericke, A. B., M. D. Pages, 981. Price, S3. 50. 
New York : Boericke & Runyon. 1908. 

This is a fine little work and one edition following another in 
rapid succession is proof that its merits are fully appreciated. It 
gives what might be called a free hand sketch of all our remedies, 
their salient features and characteristics. To be sure this has 
been done often before, but Dr. Boericke seems to have served 

Book Notices. 375 

up the old dish in a peculiarly attractive manner. The quality of 
the paper used in this fourth edition is noteworthy, as it is an 
imported paper of very fine quality, genuine "Bible paper." We 
have sometimes wondered whether it would not have been better 
to have omitted the repertory, as was the case in the earlier edi- 
tions, for it is not a book one would turn too to study up a remedy 
in detail or to work out a case, but one you pick up for a brill- 
iant, sketchy outline of the drug, or to stir up your previous, but, 
maybe rusty, memory of a drug. 

The Lesser Writings of C. M. T. von Bcenninghausen. 

Compiled by Thomas Lindsley Bradford, M. D. Translated 

from the original German, by Professor L. H. Tafel. 350 pages. 

8vo. Cloth, $1.50, net. Postage, 15 cents. Philadelphia: 

Boericke & Tafel. 1908. 

What Dr. R. E. Dudgeon did for Hahnemann in compiling 
his ''lesser writings" (now, alas! out of print), our own Brad- 
ford has done for Boenninghausen, who, perhaps, next to Hahne- 
mann, made a greater impress on Homoeopathy than any of the 
pioneers. Bradford has done his work, as usual, thoroughly, 
and it is doubtful if there are any of Bcenninghausen's essays or 
articles that have been omitted. The entire work, with the ex- 
ception of the famous repertory, 'The Sides of the Body," was 
translated from the original by Professor Tafel, who always 
makes an accurate and as nearly literal translation as possible 
and does not attempt to render his author into "elegant" English 
at the expense of virile original. 

That this revival of some choice old homoeopathic literature is 
of good historical value, must be admitted by all. That it is of 
practical value to those who would practice Homoeopathy will 
be evident to every reader. Whether it is wanted by the ho- 
moeopaths of to-day is a question that time alone can answer. 

The essays or papers, which are mostly short, range from 
things historical down to the practical use of drugs, diet, and 
even the treatment of domestic animals. It is all well worth 
reading and owning. The edition, we are informed, is 1,000 
copies, and it will, in all likelihood, never be reprinted, so that it 
is not improbable that before many years a copy will be "good 

Homoeopathic Recorder. 



Address communications, hooks for review, exchanges, etc., for /he editor, 10 

E. P. ANSHUTZ, P. O. Box 921, Philadelphia. Pa. 


The Post-Graduate and Homoeopathy. — The July number 
of The Post-Graduate contains an editorial on osteopathy in 
which Homoeopathy is mentioned. The editor says that it is 
argued that as Homoeopathy accomplished much good, therefore, 
osteopathy may do the same, but, he argues, Homoeopathy was 
a fanciful theory, honestly held, while osteopathy is merely 
"employed for business purposes/' and is "demonstrably false," 
Then he continues, "Homoeopathy accomplished great good by 
showing the regular profession that patients could get well with- 
out medicine." The query very naturally arises : \Yhen the 
homoeopaths were treating their cholera cases with a death rate 
of 6 per cent, and the regular profession with a death rate of 
50 per cent., what caused the death of the intervening 44 per 
cent.? It is quite an interesting question and The Post-Graduate,. 
a learned and scientific medical journal, ought to answer it, es- 
pecially as the differences (slightly modified) hold to-day. 

Rather Curious. — R. A. Pearson, Commissioner Department 
of Agriculture, New York, writes a letter to the Jour. A. M. A. 
on the subject of "Bovine Tuberculosis Inspection," from which 
the following is taken : 

"The special point which I wish to make in connection with 
your statement is that we have not found the tuberculin test 
'unreliable as well as costly and cruel.' You may be interested 
also to know that we are now killing such reacting animals as 
the owners do not wish to keep in quarantine. The killing is 
done under Federal supervision, which permits the use of such 
meat as is found wholesome. This, we believe, removes the 

Editorial Brevities. 377 

greatest objection to the use of tuberculin. It should not be 
overlooked also that our new amendment provides for larger 
payments to farmers for animals condemned on account of tuber- 

To one unskilled and unlearned in tuberculin testing science it 
appears that if an animal is so ill that it must be slaughtered, 
even "Federal supervision" will not make its flesh fit for food, 
but that is, of course, but a view of the unlearned. Commis- 
sioner Pearson also writes that the State has appropriated $130,- 
000 for this service, which is quite a nice little sum to spend ; 
the farmers can get "larger payments" for undesirable cattle, 
the officials a good salary, the public the beef, and all are happy, 
so why grouch? 

"Tuberculous" Cows. — Dr. Stowell, Ward's Island Hospital, 
N. Y., writes (Medical Record) of the results of feeding children 
in certain wards of that hospital with milk from a herd that 
was afterwards found to be tuberculous, according to the "tuber- 
culin test," and killed. The conclusion is that "the danger of in- 
fection by tuberculous milk is very -slight," also that clean, whole- 
some jnilk is better than Pasteurized milk. This is undoubtedly 
true. He might have added that the value of the "tuberculin 
test" is also "very slight," probably Worse than useless, a costly 
folly in short. 

Arsenic Out of Favor. — Dr. Jay Frank Schamberg con- 
tributes a paper to the June number of the Therapeutic Gazette 
under the tittle of "The Abuse of Arsenic in the treatment of 
diseases of the skin and the deleterious results that may oc- 
cur from its injudicious employment." The paper is illustrated 
with a number of pictures that at first glance suggest syphilis or 
small-pox, but they are only specimens of the beauty of "pushing 
the drug." There is nothing special to be learned from the 
paper unless it might be the fact that "pushing a drug" is not 
always much fun for the patient, or of any special benefit. 

Alexander von Humboldt said that one year in college was 
enough for any man and Humboldt was a most learned man — for 
his day. The young fellow of to-day has to learn so much that 

378 Editorial Brevities. 

he sights early middle age before he can use his learning and 
test its quality. Too often he is compelled to take a painful 
- -graduate course in the University of Hard Knocks and 
throw over-board much of the erudition he has acquired with so 
much mental travail. A man may become so learned that he 
needs some one to guide him through life, a man cram-full of 
book lore, but with no working knowledge. An argument could 
be put up for Humboldt's assertion even though it runs counter 
to the ideas prevailing at present. 

"Digestive Ferments." — This is from the Journal A. M. A., 
July ii : "The fallacies attending the use of digestive ferments 
in most stomach diseases have been previously noted in The 
J ok nia!. In most digestive disorders a deficiency of the diges- 
tive ferment has not been proved. In cases in which pepsin is 
lacking, its administration is valueless unless it is combined with 
large doses of hydrochloric acid, and it is doubtful whether this 
combination is either necessary or conspicuously useful. There 
is. however, something so alluring about medication by digestive 
ferments which are assumed to supply a physiologic need, that 
since their discover}' they have formed a fertile field for the ac- 
tivity of the manufacturer of proprietaries." 

Leaf by leaf the roses fall. 

The Point of View. — An estimable exchange of the regular 
type has the following squib which .probably raps Mr. Edward 
Bok. the gallant knight of the gentle Ladies' Home Journal, who 
recently ventured away from tidies and good manners to the 
society of the rough-house medicine venders : 

"The trouble with many lay journals that attempt to show up 
the patent medicine evil is that they do not recognize the differ- 
ence between a nasty, worthless dope and a pharmaceutical prod- 
uct of real merit. The 'exposers' seem to regard all remedies 
as they do Indians — all bad." 

It is a pity the editor could not have informed the world by 
what methods the good and the bad may be distinguished in 
advertised compounds, nearly all of which are secret. If quite 
candid he would doubtless refer the inquirer to "our advertising 


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"Don't Be a Sectarian/* — Th ge allopath, like the 

tee homoeopath, loesn't care a utton about "sectarian: sm." 

but is on the lookout for something tc cure his patients. The 

380 Editorial Brevities. 

"leaders" have no time to heal the sick, but are much employed 
in regulating the doctors and teaching the ways of the ethical. 
The homoeopath has always been a hard nut for them to crack, 
and, in fact, they have given up the job (openly), and now say 
"Drop into our unsectarian basket, but have the politeness to 
shed your sectarian shell before doing so." Thus do they hope 
to crack the nut. To be sure a belief in the law of similars is no 
more sectarian than is a belief in any other law of nature, but 
that simple fact is too repugnant a thing for the allopathic 
leader to acknowledge ; it would play the very dickens with his 
traditions, so he tries to get around it by taking in a few homoeo- 
paths just as though that very simple thing could alter a nat- 
ural law. It is pathetic ! In the meantime his own shell withers 
and shrinks still smaller. In England The Lancet recently 
virtuously refused an advertisement of three scholarships of 
$500 each, offered to duly qualified medical men to study Ho- 
moeopathy in America. A good homoeopath couldn't breathe if 
he were to be bound by the real sectarian fetters of allopathy. 
Better remain in the "Land o' th' leal." 

That Olive Branch. — Dr. Wm. Harvey King, in a recent 
address, had the folowing to say which is self-explanatory : 

"We know that this parading with the olive branch is for the 
sake of public opinion. Four years ago Dr. Osier, in a lecture 
before his students in Baltimore, said that the homoeopaths should 
unite with the others, and that there was no longer a separate 
school of medicine. We invited him to our dinner. We did not 
think that he would come, but we expected that he would write 
a letter that we could have read at the dinner. He wrote a letter. 
But we didn't have it read. In that letter he practically told us 
we are a lot of quacks, and belonged to an unscientific school. 
That was his opinion for us, the other his opinion for the public." 

A Desolating "Cure." — Dr. A. L. Monroe (Med. Century) 
writing of Anrum met., says : 

"Provings of Anrnm have been frequent of late years in the 
nervous and mental wrecks turned out by the numerous 'Keeley 
cures.' Such patients are subject to many forms of nervous and 
mental collapse. The Keeley graduate has lost will power, men- 

Editorial Brevities. 381 

tal force, the power of mental concentration, sexual power. All 
this seems to contribute as a factor in the hopelessness and help- 
lessness with suicidal tendency found in these unfortunate, and 
when they relapse, as they generally do, from a lack of will 
power and an insatiable craving for something to overcome their 
pitiful abjectness, they generally go deeper into excesses than be- 
fore, and their last condition is worse than the first." Apparently 
nearly every "cure" not homoeopathic has a "string" to it, that is 
a little worse than the thing "cured." 

"Active Principles/' — Taylor, of the Medical World, writes 
that the proprietory preparations of cod liver oil are chiefly noted 
for the absence of the oil in their make-up, but to balance this the 
manufacturers dwell learnedly on the beauties of the "active 
principle" of the oil. Their preparation is free from "offensive 
fat," but it contains the "active principle," etc. The man who 
works the "active principle" racket always has a learned air, be- 
cause no one knows much about the thing. The "active princi- 
ple," or alkaloid, of a tincture may be a very potent something, 
but it is no more the tincture than grape sugar is wine. 

An Old-Time Experience With Variolinum. — Some time 
about the year 1850, a Dr. Nogueira, of Porto-Alegre, Brazil, 
wrote to The Lancet of a successful method he had tried in treat- 
ing and preventing small-pox ; previously he had had very little 
success in treating: that disease. The remedy was the lymph 
{Variolinum, it is termed to-day) of the pustule of the small-pox 
on an otherwise healthy person. He was led to this treatment 
by reflecting- that it might act "on the same principle that Bella- 
donna, so efficacious in the treatment of scarlet fever, is also a 
preservative against it." Where he received this bit of homoeo- 
pathic practice is not stated. At any rate, he procured the lymph, 
diluted it with water, and it was very successful in controlling 
and preventing the disease. This remedy, he concludes (this 
Variolinum) , "so well known to the profession as a preventive, 
when taken internally, I have found to be the most powerful 
agent that can be used for its [small-pox] cure, and may be con- 
sidered as a specific remedy." 

And there you are! 

382 News and Gossip. 

The Ocular Tuberculin Test. — This case is reported at 
length by Dr. Satterlee in the June 27 number of the Journal 
A. M. A. The patient was a school girl of eighteen. When, for 
diagnostic purposes, the tuberculin solution was dropped in 
"the eyes, were apparently normal, and there were no 
evidences of conjunctival irritation." Four hours later the ef- 
fects of the tuberculin began to show. The final reports of the 
condition of the girl's eyes are detailed at length, but we will 
quote the conclusion only : 

"The iris is off-color and does not respond to Atropin, show- 
ing a form of iritis. The vision is limited to simple light percep- 
tion. The whole condition is that of a kerato-iritis with ulcera- 
tions of the cornea, a state probably tubercular. The right eye 
shows a swelling of the lids with a slight injection of the palpebral 
and ocular conjunctiva and a clear cornea." 

The diagnosis seerris hardly worth the price to the girl. If a 
diagnosis cannot be made without the risk of harming the pa- 
tient would it not be better to let it go unmade, and treat the 
totality of the symptoms? 

Back To Nature. — The American Druggist doesn't seem to 
have much respect for some of the modern medicine men's ways 
when it says : "As always happens when the pendulum has swung 
too far in one direction, the return swing is likely to be violent. 
One can trace in the increasing attention which is being paid to 
the treatment of diseases by the administration of the substance 
of animal organs, a return to the practices of savage tribes and 
the ignorant Chinese. Of course, we have refined on these prac- 
tices, and employ more elegant means of administering the animal 
extracts, but the principle is there." 

It looks as if every physician who has not the principle of 
similia to guide him is like a derelict — floating wherever the 
wind and tide takes him, even back to his starting point. 


Porter E. Cope, secretary of the National Antivaccination 
League, 4806 Chester Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., writes that it is 
proposed to hold an Antivaccination Conference in that city on 
October 7-10, "provided sufficient interest is manifested." 

'News and Gossip. 383 

Dr. John F. Edgar, well-known to all who attend the Institute 
meetings, has changed his address at El Paso, Texas, to 1 1 Cen- 
tre Block. 

Dr. A. P. Williamson has retired from the office of superin- 
tendent of the Southern California State Hospital at Patton, and 
has opened an office at Santa Monica. 

The following dispatch appeared in the papers as copy for this 
issue was being finally arranged for the compositor : 

St. Louis, July 20. — Dr. Frank Kraft, a widely known physi- 
cian of Cleveland, Ohio, died last night of heart disease. Dr. 
Kraft was professor of materia medica and therapeutics in the 
Cleveland Homoeopathic College. He was also an extensive 
writer on medical subjects and was editor of the American Phy- 

An Ohio doctor sued a brother doctor for knocking him 
down and the knocker retaliated by suing in turn for libel. The 
jury awarded damages to both. 

A Colorado Springs doctor was sued for malpractice, his in- 
struments not being sterilized. Damages were awarded. 

A French doctor who "chipped in" with a workman to obtain 
damages for alleged injury, was fined and his license to practice 
suspended for five years. 

Davenport, la., doctors left a sponge in a patient, wife sued 
for damages and jury disagreed. 

"The Council on Pharmacy and Chemistry," A. M. A., is in- 
vestigating "bottled Psychotherapy." They have found that 
Cactus grandiflorus is a "Psychic cardiac tonic." Ain't we gitten 
"scientific !" 

Dr. D. C. Hughes has changed his office from Lincoln Place to 
46 Eighth Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. 

An exchange intimates that Detroit, Mich., will be the place of 
the next meeting of the Institute. 

The McKinley Homoeopathic Hospital, Trenton, N. J., wants 
two internes. Address, Dr. D. P. Brown, Crosswicks, N. J. 

President Dr. W. D. Foster has appointed Dr. Moses T. Run- 
nels, Kansas City, secretary of the American Institute of Ho- 
moeopathy, vice Frank Kraft, deceased. 


It might be said of some men who air their opinions that they need it. 

"I'm not difficult to please," said the amiable lady. "True; I've seen 
your husband," replied the cat-lady. 

"The profession is confronted with two alternatives." — Ex. That's more 
than others have. 

"Experiments in Psycho-galvanic Reactions From Subconscious Ideas in 
a Case of Multiple Personality," is the title of a paper by a Boston doctor. 
It's great, they say. 

A Michigan nurse "operated" on an infant; infant died. Moral (for 
nurse) : Don't operate. 

"Hot horse serum" is the latest and nobody even smiles ! 

Old Grump says that inborn cussedness is the cause of crying with many 

Women don't like the last word. 

The man who says he "is ready to go" tells a fib. 

It is said that the jackass, more than any one else, recognizes man's 
stupidity. Hence man's name for him. 

A blarsted Britisher says that American humor is characterized by a 
"dissociation from culture." Hey, Boston ! , 

He eked out a poor living by teaching young men how to make money. 

A foreigner said that Washington was famous because he was an 
American who told the truth. 

Love finds the way but not always the means. 

An allopath may become a splendid Homoeopath, but the Homoeopath 
:never amounts to much as an allopath. 

The "petty difference" between Homoeopathy and allopathy is about the 
.difference between the positive and negative poles — a mere trifle. 

Often when men say "broad" they really mean "tolerant." 

"War is hell," but necessary, sometimes, nevertheless. 

It isn't a compliment to put up a monument to a man's memory. 

The open window fiend is a gritty cuss. 

Wall Street is the greatest dermatologist. 

Erasmus, the printer, said, "Compete in quality, not price." 

Nearly every man could have better health but he doesn't want it at the 

There's nothing like the "rest treatment" on a hot day in August. 

A Scotch doctor says the Japs' are increasing in size. They have grounds 
•for becoming chesty. 

An Illinois doctor has been found guilty of obtaining money under false 
pretense. Gee! What school? 

Cannot some one stop those Fourth of July epidemics? They are worse 
than microbes. 

The crowded car naturally contains more men of standing than the other 



Vol. XXIII. Lancaster, Pa., September, 1908 No 9 


There is something interesting beyond the usual in an old 
journal, to some of us. The other day, like a stray cat, a bound 
volume of The American Journal of Homoeopathy, Vol. I., came 
to our desk, whence and whither not known, and no marks of 
ownership, only a scrawled "25," in pencil, which a Sherlock 
Holmes might read as betokening a second hand book stall. The 
year of publication is 1846; the printer is, or was, Chas. G. 
Dean, 2 Ann St., New York; and the editors, Dr. S. R. Kirby 
and Dr. R. A. Snow; their object to interest the "general reader" 
in Homoeopathy, "a fundamental principle for the administration 
of remedies/'' believing that nothing will do more "to place the 
healing art upon a firm and enduring basis." Evidently in those 
days they believed in appealing to the intelligence of the people, 
perhaps not a bad plan for making an enduring success. It was 
patriotic, too, for: "This publication will be emphatically An 
American Journal." Perhaps a few points, as to things homoeo- 
pathic, may not be uninteresting to-day. 

A Senator, "Dr. Backus," at Albany, opposed a bill to estab- 
lish a homoeopathic medical college, and gets off what are to-day 
the stale jokes against Homoeopathy, but which he eventually 
considered "mighty wit." The American compares him to "a 
simple child of the forest, who, for the first time, had seen a 
great modern improvement." Also, "The learned Senator would 
seem to prefer that easy and comfortable way of practicing more 
by names of diseases, given by artificial arrangement, than by the 
laborious method of taking an exact account of the whole and 
peculiar disturbance of the diseased system." Reads like ancient 
history, doesn't it, for, of course, to-day such slipshod practicing 
is unknown as that favored by Senator Doctor Backus ! 

386 Topics From the Past. 

A case of Strychnia poisoning is quoted from The Lancet, for 
the sake of the symptoms : "The arms were found extended 
and rigid, as also were all the muscles of her body, which was 
bent backwards at a considerable curve ; face much flushed, and 
lips livid ; breathing rapid and difficult, but larynx free ; spasm 
of the diaphragm very marked. Every few minutes she had a 
fit of general convulsions." The allopaths bled her and The 
American says they should have given her tincture of coffee or 
tincture of camphor. 

The "Physicians of our School from every part of the United 
States" are urged to attend the Meeting of the American Insti- 
tute of Homoeopathy, at Philadelphia, on the 13th inst. (May, 
1846), just as they are yearly urged to-day. 

On the potency question, it is emphatically asserted that 
"quantity is not essential to the exhibition of power." It had 
been asserted that "hundreds of physicians" would flock to Ho- 
moeopathy if the potency feature were abandoned, but The 
American evidently thinks that the giving up of «a truth for so 
ephemeral a reward would be foolishness. Quite right, for why 
give up facts for the sake of a few condescending converts? 

The first clinical use of a remedy reported is by Dr. W. E. 
Payne, of Bath, Me., who has found Kali bich. to be a fine rem- 
edy in croup — when indicated. Dr. Payne was led to the rem- 
edy by Dr. Drysdale's proving, published in the British Journal 
of Homoeopathy. 

A case of death in a four-year-old child, "resulting from the 
application of a blister," is dwelt upon. 

The case of a gentleman, who took rather massive doses of 
"nitrate of silver" for epileptic fits, is given, as related by Dr. 
James Johnson. The fits soon left, but the man continued to 
take the remedy for three years ; "His skin became intensely blue 
and continued so for twenty-five years." 

"We have been politely furnished by Mr. C. L. Rademacher, 
39 N. 4th St., Philadelphia, with two copies of the Transactions 
of the American Institute of Homoeopathy, vol. I., of which he 
is the publisher." 

The first advertisement is "Cheap Cash Printing. (Tobitt r s 
Office, 9 Spruce.)" 

Topics From the Past. 387 

Very interesting is a letter from Madam Lvoff, to her father, 
Admiral Marvinow, concerning the Asiatic cholera in Russia. 
After relating her husband's personal experience on his estate, 
where, in one village, fifty cases were treated without a death, to 
say nothing of other villages, she adds : "The Asiatic cholera, 
preceded by terror, ushered in by danger, and followed by deso- 
lation, comes now, remains, and departs a harmless thing. Its 
cure is in reality easier than that of a fever." "All the sick who 
took medicine in strict conformity to the rules, were saved, al- 
though some of them were already in a state of collapse." Evi- 
dently, Madam Lvoff and her husband were simple persons using 
simple Homoeopathy and were quite unscientific. They wonder 
why every one doesn't take up with Homoeopathy. And the 
same wonder may be indulged in to-day. Guess it cures too 
easily and quickly to "pay." The average man who experiences 
a truly homoeopathic cure rarely realizes what a veritable miracle 
has been performed on him, whereas if he goes through months 
or years of illness and comes out more or less of a wreck, he is 
apt to be very grateful. Homoeopathy is not sensational enough 
to be popular ; it is too much a case of virtue being its own re- 
ward, a reward that, in truth, not every one craves. The "lime- 
light" and the applause of the ignorant mob is sought more than 
the quiet reward of virtue, which, indeed, is rather jeered at by 
the up-to-daters of all ages. "Why should I do this for the bene- 
fit of others when I get no reward and too often not even 
credit?" Few there be, who can cast stones at such reasoning, 
for we are nearly all guilty of it. Still it is good to know how 
to cure, at times. 

But this is a digression. 

One doctor, who signs his initials only, sends a prescription to 
the American that one of the "regulars" had given a patient. It 
contained Sanguinaria, Eupatorium, Ginger, Liquorice, Cham- 
omile. Lappa, Dandelion, Conium, Manna, Gin. Wintergreen, 
Molasses and Water. The writer, S. B. B.. M. D.. terms this 
a "farrago of trashy drugs." 

Another doctor, in a pioneer Western field, writes of the won- 
derful success that follows his practice of Homoeopathy, and of 
the people that "they dread to fall into the hands of an allopathic 

388 Topics From the Past. 

drencher, who comes like a butcher, with all the instruments of 
death. He sticks (with his lancet) — skins (with his blisters) 
— and guts (with his calomel)." 

An Encyclopaedia published by "Harper and Brothers" 
comes in for a deserved scoring for the chap who wrote the 
section on Homoeopathy, goes on like a shyster lawyer with his 
"not the least absurd part, etc, etc. 

"Rhus Radicans. — The New York Bureau are proving this 

The "died of debility" clause on death certificates comes in 
for an editorial rap, as it would be "as reasonable as to certify, 
died of want of breath." What about "heart failure ?" 

Dr. Ware, of New York, contributes a paper on Hydrocyanic 
acid: "My own experience has proved it to be a valuable remedy 
in nervous diseases, particularly in delirium tremens." It exerts 
a "quick and decisive action on the nerves" in this complaint. 

Symphytum off., a drug of great value, but little known to-day, 
is touched upon in cases quoted from Dr. P. P. Wells. The fore- 
arm of a boy had been fractured, and twice during the healing 
process had been reopened by falls, and was in bad shape. Dr. 
Wells prescribed Symphytum off. 30, and the fractures promptly 
healed and "the lad became more robust and had better general 
health than before." Other cases of broken bones showed similar 

In another paper Dr. Wells .tells why he strongly believes in 
the "high potencies." A chronic case, a Sulphur case, had re- 
ceived that drug in low triturations and on up to the 30th. No 
result, and other drugs gave no results. Dr. Wells gave it up. 
Six months later he saw the case again and it was still unmis- 
takably a Sulphur case and still uncured. This time he gave 
"the 1530th attenuation." For the first time there was a response 
to the drug and the case of years' standing made quick and com- 
plete recovery. 

A letter from Washington, Nov. 10, 1846, signed S. Y. A. L., 
says : "The new science is becoming daily more popular here. 
Last winter, many Senators and Representatives tested its su- 
perior merits, and there is no more enthusiastic advocate in its 
behalf than the intelligent, clear-headed Dixon H. Lewis, U. S. 

The Study of Materia Medica. 389 

Senator from Alabama." The writer adds that there are two 
homoeopathic physicians there. 

Dr. D. M. Dake, in a letter from Munda, N. Y., says that the 
allopaths there have many severe, lingering cases, while the ho- 
moeopaths have scarcely any (i. e., severe and lingering cases), 
the reason is that "the treatment makes the difference." 

In December we run across an "Important New Work," i. e., 
Jahr's Symptom en Codex, translated by F. Humphreys, M. D., 
and with Chas. G. Dean, as publisher. In the next issue is a card 
from Mr. Dean announcing that he has sold his interest in the 
book to Wm. Radde. 

"Homoeopathy in Austria" is very interesting, but too long to 
quote. One allopath admits that the homoeopathic hospital there 
is "one of the cleanest and best regulated hospitals in the town." 

But this may be getting tiresome to the reader, so we will close 
this old waif. 

By C. M. Boger, M. D. 

Our pathogeneses, in spite of showing many features due to 
the provers' idiosyncrasies, the translators' command of idioms, 
clinical experiences and misinterpretations, are, nevertheless, ex- 
cellent resumes which place the keynotes in their true light; as 
points of the departure only, for their abuse distorts nature's 
image and often brings disaster, which ends in skepticism or 
mongrelism. A concise view not only includes the time and order 
in which their symptoms arise, but also the things which modify 
them — the modalities. 

Bcenninghausen saw and corrected the tendency of Homoe- 
opathy to pay too much attention to subjective sensations, while 
it lacked the firm support of those etiologic factors and the 
modalities, which afford so many objective and distinctly certain 
criteria. The triumphs of similia in the diseases of children and 
insanity certainly show how vastly important they may be, for no 
judgment can pay it a handsomer compliment than to speak of 
its especial adaptability to chidren and old people. 

390 The Study of Materia Me die a. 

From the very provings, in which but a small part of the in- 
finite circle of similia, Hahnemann predicated its amplitude, and 
finally gave us the immeasurable power of potentization ; a 
scientific demonstration which rests therapy firmly upon experi- 
ment and at the same time dispenses with learning our symp- 
tomatology by rote. 

Study shows every drug to be a living, moving conception, 
with attributes which arise, develop, expand and pass away just 
as diseases do; each holding its characteristics true through an 
ever widening scope, to its last expression in the highest poten- 
cies. The homceopathist is a true scientist, in that he spares no 
pains to learn the nature of this individuality, for it lifts him 
above doing piece-meal work and the restraint of nosological 
ideas, especially as everyday practice, too often, never gets be- 
yond the simple lessons of student life and they thereafter remain 
the doctor's only resource. This is very wrong and acts as a 
constant handicap. The true physician is the man who knows 
how to make the best cures and the most expert healer is the 
man who knows best how to handle his materia medica. The 
faculty of mastering it is not dependent upon an encyclopaedic 
memory, but rather upon the inquisitor's ability to pick out from 
among the essential embodiments of each picture the things 
which show how it exists, moves and has its being, as distin- 
guished from its nearest similar. That a mental variation should 
be the determining factor, is, therefore, not strange, for are not 
minute differences the very essence of science? 

It is very useful to have an idea of the relative values of re- 
lated remedies, for in essence each portrays a certain type, with 
variations which relate it to its complementaries ; thus dove- 
tailing into each other. The effect of material doses simulates 
acute diseases, while the potencies bring out finer effects, al- 
though this is not an invariable rule. 

A knowledge of many symptoms is of small value, while, on 
the other hand, learning how to examine the patient and then 
to find the remedy is of the utmost importance. The common 
way of eliciting well-known keynotes and prescribing accordingly 
is a most pernicious practice, which has earned a deserved odium 
and is no improvement upon the theoretical methods of the old 

The Study of the Materia Medica. 391 

school. To be ruled by clinical observations and pathological 
guesses is a most disastrous error which limits our action and 
only obscures the wonderful power of which the true similimum 
is capable. Such reports mostly lack individuality and at best 
describe only end products, standing in strong contrast to those 
expressions which reveal the real mind, whether in actions, words 
or speech. The recital of properly cured cases only shows what 
can be done, but not how to do it. 

To do the best work, nothing must prevent a full, free and 
frank presentation of the symptoms, as they are without bias 
and, although their comprehension necessarily involves judg- 
ment, the more clearly they follow the text the greater is their 
similitude, hence usefulness. Hahnemann showed rare acumen 
in setting down each expression in a personal way, thus securing 
scientific as well as physical accuracy. 

The patient's relative sensitiveness is a very material help in 
separating remedies. The alertness of drugs, like Aconite or 
Coifea, is just the reverse of the dulness of Gelsemiwm, Phos- 
phoric acid and the like, and yet fright may cause the oversen- 
sitiveness of the former as well as the depression of a drug like 
Opium. If stupidity be due to high temperature or an over- 
whelming intoxication, we don't await the development of a sense 
of duality, which may never come, but think of Baptisia, etc., at 
once. Such an early prescription saves many a life and forestalls 
pathological changes. 

The various cravings and aversions are highly significant, es- 
pecially when combined with the patient's behavior toward soli- 
tude, light, noise, company, or any other daily environment. 

The most expressive new symptom, is usually the key to the 
whole case and directly related to all of the others, being often 
expressed by a change of temper or other mental condition, such 
apparent trifles reveal the inner man to the acute observer and 
have proven the undoing and insufficiency of liberal Homoe- 

We do, however, not say that diagnosis is of no value in 
choosing the remedy, for certain drugs are so often called for 
in some diseases as to have established a fundamental relation 
thereto, hence they involuntarily come to mind during treatment 

392 The Study of the Materia Medica. 

and deserve our careful, but never elusive, attention. A Baryta 
carb. patient may have adenoids ; black teeth make one suspect 
that the patient drooled badly during dentition and the survivor 
of pneumonia may still carry earmarks calling loudly for Phos- 
phorus, etc., etc. These and many more should suggest the pa- 
tient first and the disease afterward. 

The past history and the way each sickness leaned is both use- 
ful and interesting, for most persons develop symptoms in a 
distinctive way through the most diverse affections. Such con- 
stancies are truly antipsoric, and it should be our pleasure to 
search out the differentiating indications from among them. 
While their discovery is not always easy, for it involves a re- 
cital of every past sickness, the trend of each illness and its 
peculiarities are a part of the sick man's way of doing things and 
must be known if you wish to do the best work. They will give 
you a better idea of present and future prospects, as well as lay 
a solid foundation for the prescription which do much and reveal 
many things. 

If we say that remedies typify patients and know that consti- 
tutions exhibit tendencies, then why are drugs not specifics? 
Simply because vitality is a varying force, whose mutations are 
always similar, but never the same ; it is modified by every in- 
fluence and keeps itself in relative equilibrium only. The more 
nearly it holds one phase the more certainly will it, even with 
varying external manifestations, demand a particular medicine. 
Under what circumstances and in what way shall we discover 
this more or less constant factor? It lies in the peculiar per- 
sonality of the patient, especially in the deviations of his mind 
from the normal. Sometimes an active mental state overshadows 
all else, as under Aur., Bell., Ign., Lye, Nat. c, Phos., Plat., 
Pal. or Veratrum, according to circumstances ; at others a strange 
mental placidity during the gravest physical danger, is a most 
striking guide. The facial expression may be its true index and 
deserves our most careful scrutiny. No effort should be spared 
to learn the nature of the mental change which has overtaken 
the victim, for it epitomizes the whole patient. 

Ideally, no two remedies can be equally indicated, although 
practically we find innumerable variations obscuring the choice. 

The Study of the Materia Medica. 393 

As students, it is of the first importance to have a grasp of the 
type which each represents, leaving experience to master intri- 
cacies and detail. We speak of a Phosphorus, Sulphur, Sepia or 
a Pulsatilla type, and yet this does not convey a very useful idea 
to the young man, because he lacks the experience which rounds 
out the image of each drug in his mind's eye, and finally enables 
him to pick it out on sight. How often does the dilated pupil 
suggest Belladonna, when accompanied by nervous erethism and 
dryness, while contrariwise, moisture, puffiness and sluggishness 
make one think of Calcarea carb. Then we have the nervous 
irritability of a Nux vomica patient to contrast with the mildness 
of Pulsatilla, etc., etc. 

The treatment of coughs is a severe test for the perscriber, 
and yet no patient demands a more careful going over than the 
one who coughs. In addition to the above hints one should first 
carefully find out where and by what the coughing is excited. 
Ordinarily it is the result of an irritation starting from the 
throat, larynx, chest or stomach, but it is especially necessary to 
know the exact point of origin. Those beginning in the throat 
pit generally call for Bell, Cham., Nux v., Rum., Sang., Sepia. 
or Silicea. When the primary seat seems to be on the left side 
of the throat or larynx, Bapt., Bell., Con., Hepar, Ol-anim or 
Salicylic acid stand first, but if it is on the right side we look 
mostly to Dioscorea, Iris-foet., Phosphorus or Stannum. Coughs 
that come from what seems to be a dry spot generally need 
Nat. mur. or Conium. If a sense of a lump in the throat excites 
it, we have Bell., Calc. c, Cocc. cact. and Lachesis. So the mat- 
ter goes on indefinitely, with the accessories determining the 
final choice, but it is not difficult to see how greatly our task is 
lightened by being able to find the location of the exciting cause 
and then differentiate with the aid of the modalities and the gen- 
eral picture. This is the true homoeopathic way and will bring 
unexpected aid, doing more than any other possible method. The 
similimum re-established, the normal conversion of energy and 
the patient reacts with a definiteness unknown under other 

It is the nature of every human being to be extremely sensi- 
tive to the constitutional similimum, and, although it may not 

394 The Study of the Materia Me die a. 

always be easy to detect the signs which call for it, when once 
found, a single dose of a very high potency will act over long 
periods of time. Because they do not know how to manage re- 
actions and are not thoroughly conversant with the materia 
medica, some prescribers avoid such prescriptions. With a 
little more knowledge of the Organon and care in handling the 
complementaries, particularly the nosodes, they will be able to 
accomplish much more than they do now. We should keep 
in mind the fact that the premature repetition of changing of 
remedies before reaction is finished, does endless harm to the 
patient and almost hopelessly confuse the prescriber. The pre- 
server must know when to give the remedy, and when to hold 
his hand while nature expediates the forces to which he has given 
a new direction. He must know the power of Sac. lac., and re- 
member that an inward movement of the symptoms bodes no 

It is worth remembering that most prescriptions are guess- 
work, a hideous trifling with human life, for every drug is either 
similar, hence curative, or dissimilar and baneful ; therefore it 
surely behooves every man to do his utmost in diligently and 
systematically getting every symptom and then searching for 
the nearest similar. When you have once fully tested this 
method, you will discard empiricism and all that charlatanry 
which goes under the name of rational medicine, while it puts 
the conscience of the doctor to sleep and, by suppressive 
measures, steadily pushes the patient toward the grave. 

To make good cures, it is, above all, necessary to avoid run- 
ning to the specialist every time new groups of symptoms arise, 
for very few men of this class are broad enough to see that the 
whole man is sick when he shows local symptoms, and that the 
carefully selected remedy would render most of his work super- 
fluous. If the laity ever learn this lesson, they will certainly 
smite the men who call themselves doctors, but, as surely are 
not physicians. 

Every day we are confronted with conditions which lie on the 
borderland between surgical interference and the remedial powers 
of medicine for surgeons, with the aid of the knife, have steadily 
pushed the use of medicines further and further into the back- 

The Study of the Materia Medica. 395 

ground. This is especially true of allopathic procedure and, al- 
though most homoeopaths have not gone to such extremes, the 
signs are not wanting, that many men who profess the law of 
similia understand so little of it that they are constantly willing 
to relegate it to a very subordinate place and go on using the 
knife to the utmost limit. It is too often not a question of what 
is good for the patient, but of how far he will allow the operator 
to go. Such is the spirit with which the glamor of the operating 
room overshadows the more prosaic prescription, which, if left 
alone, is capable of gradually unloading the embarrassed vital 
force and allowing life to flow on in its usual way; it nips dis- 
ease in its inception before the microscope can possibly pass a 
doubtful verdict. No manner of cutting can do as much. 

The similimum often surprises us by its power ; what we have 
been taught to look upon as incurable or to be removed with the 
knife only, is cured. In these days the laity look for mechanical 
removal because homoeopaths have not led them to expect any- 
thing better than the work of the surgeon. I can fully confirm 
what Boenninghausen says in his Aphorism of Hippocrates, Book 
6, Aphorism 58, "Homoeopathy cures all kinds of ruptures," a 
strong statement, but experience bears him out. He further 
says that it is not a local trouble and at best will not long re- 
main so, and that the final cure depends upon the concomitants, 
all of which is true. He mentions Aco., Alum., Asar., Aur., 
Bell., Bry., Calc. c, Caps,, Cham., Cocci, Coloc, Guai., Lach., 
Lye, Mag. c, Nit. ac, Nux v., Op., Phos., Plb., Put., Rhus t. f 
Sep., Sit., Staph., Sul., Sul. ac, Thuj., Verat. a. and Zinc, as 
the foremost remedies, from which we <£ioose Aco., Alum., Aur., 
Bell., Calc. c, Caps., Cham., Coloc, Lach., Lye, Nit. ac, Mux 
v., Op., Plb., Sil., Sul., Sul. ac, or Verat. a., for incarcerated 
hernia. The predisposition to this disorder is often hereditary, 
and th£ surgical olosure of one ring is ^ust the prelude to the 
formation of a rupture at another. 

The domain of surgery lies largely within the trauma-tic 
sphere and in the palliative, which enable the chronic patient 
to live, but cjn a lower plane. The vast maprity of early opera- 
tions for incipient malignant disease not only inflict a severe in- 
jury upon the Wtal force, but, at, best, remove a suspicion only. 

396 The Study of Materia Me die a. 

None but the grossest materialist would do such a thing. We 
should use the indicated remedy from the very start, well know- 
ing that it saves the strength of the patient and improves his 
chances immeasurably, if an operation is finally necessary. 

Why do we operate for adenoids or polypi, for piles and a 
thousand other things? Simply because of the uncured sin of 
the parents and ignorance of how to live the present life. The 
law leads toward morality and a natural expression of inherent 
powers ; it adds nothing and subtracts nothing, but harmonizes 
everything. Until the cutters can be brought to see this point 
and that the most facile method of cure lies in its correct ap- 
plication, they can know nothing of Homoeopathy, and very little 
of nature. 

Such things may seem far off, but a clearer view is fast get- 
ting a better understanding of life, its ways and ends, and is be- 
ginning to see that sickness means ignorance, and that a cure 
means a comfortable return to health instead of the old-fashioned, 
lame recovery. The former is what is expected of Homoeopathy, 
the latter is essentially the surgical way. To be a good homoeo- 
path and, at the same time, a good surgeon ; there's *he rub. 
The materialism of the one seems incompatible with the 
dynamism of the other, but no amount of sophistry can rub out 
the fact that we are dealing with the man whose life and being 
flows from within and who uses his organs to guide this internal 
self ; therefore, an external injury has internal effect, and an 
internal disturbance shows itself by external signs, be the cause 
moral or physical. 

The psoric theory of Hahnemann has been a great stumbling 
block, especially to those who have not read the 39th aphorism 
of the 2d Book of Boenninghausen's Aphorism of Hippocrates. 
Among other things, we read there that 'The discovery of the 
itch mite does not belong to modern times, as 650 years ago the 
Arabian physician, Abenzohr, not only surmised it. but the com- 
mon people knew it by the name of "Syrones." Fabricius (En- 
tomologist, 1 745-1808), also, in his "Fauna Greenlandica," 
praised the dexterity of its inhabitants in detecting and destroy- 
ing these insects with the "point of a needle." He also points 
out that Hahnemann's critics have uniformly confused the prod- 

The Study of Materia Medica. 397 

uct of psora with its cause. Hahnemann was, perhaps, un- 
fortunate in calling susceptibility. Psora, especially when applied 
to the herpetic diathesis. He laid the greatest stress upon the 
fact that itch aroused, or greatly intensified this susceptibility 
(psora) ; nothing could be truer. 

It is certain that psora shows itself in the form of skin symp- 
toms in some persons, and that their suppression often causes 
internal metastases. The seriousness of such accidents is, per- 
haps, plainest in the case of erysipelas. When this happens, the 
similimum generally includes the symptoms of the original dis- 
ease, plus those of later developments, which, thereby become all 
important. Occasionally no one remedy corresponds to the whole 
picture ; then we must prescribe for the most recent phase and 
for this earlier one, when it is again uncovered. 

A metastasis means that ingrained affection is expressing itself 
in another form and is demanding the patient's constitutional 
remedy, rather than a time serving palliative. In this connection 
I cannot too strongly insist that chronic diseases cannot be suc- 
cessfully treated without taking the anamnesis into account. The 
mistake of omitting it seems to be one of the great causes of 
failure in our times. It has been artfully claimed that such a 
proceeding nullifies the whole law of similia, but a more egre- 
gious blunder is hard to imagine for it is, on the one hand, in- 
deed, unthinkable that the entire list of anamnesic symptoms 
with their correspondingly numerous drugs could be the result 
of the experience of any one or two men, or, on the other, that 
they should bave been so adroitly conjured up by the human 
mind. On the contrary, they bear much inherent evidence of 
having been reasoned out from the provings, as rectified by in- 
numerable experiences. 

Unfortunately, our modern life becomes less and less suited to 
such a way of doing things ; everybody is in a hurry, some even 
die in a hurry ; every one wants to be cured quickly, without re- 
gard to the natural vital processes. This is one of the great and 
fundamental causes of palliative medication and drug addictions. 
In the last analysis it will be found that the mind of material 
mould grasps the idea of imponderables with difficulty ; but 
recent advances of science are about to force the issue, and it 

398 Thoughts on Trituration. 

will no longer be possible to impunge the qualifications and mo- 
tives of those who trust and use their powers with unrivalled 
success. Their advocates must, of necessity, persistently cultivate 
the habit of keen observation, correct reasoning, direct inquiry 
of nature and absolute honesty with themselves, and all will be 

When we remember these things, we should be more charitable 
toward many who differ from us in therapeutics ; they mean well, 
but some don't know, some don't care, and others can't com- 
prehend. After all is said and done, it simply resolves itself 
into a matter of education ; you must, first of all, educate away 
all prejudice and preconceived ideas. No man holding tenacious- 
ly to the idols of a cure by force, as generally understood, can 
be a good scientist or a clean homoeopath ; there is no such thing. 
The power used comes from within, and in curing, you draw it 
forth and guide it into the ways of health. This law is spiritual 
as well as material ; it gradually merges from one into the other ; 
if you would be a whole man you must understand it and learn 
how to apply it, for by similars you are healed, both mentally 
and physically. No man can stand in your place ; there is a great 
image after which your mind copies and a perfect life toward 
which you* body grows ; it is a unit striving to bring itself into 
harmony with the All Father. 

They are our best friends who make us think, albeit we may 
not fully agree with them. Now, if I have shown you only one 
reason why the sick are cured by similars, you are thinking, and 
it is but a step to seeing that the highest potencies aet for the 
same reason that the lower do. By the similarity of their time- 
pace, they change the polarity of vital action and a cure follows. 

By Dr. John Albert Burnett, Hackett, Ark. 

Triturations are now being used by many physicians that are 
not homoeopaths, and, in my opinion, will grow more popular 
I will quote, as follows, from the last edition of Potter's Materia 
Medica, one of the standard allopathic works : 

Thoughts on Trituration. 399 

"Prof. H. G. Piffard, in his treatise on Materia Medica and 
Therapeutics of the Skin, after detailing the results of several 
microscopical examination of pills and triturations, uses the fol- 
lowing language : 'It is to be expected, therefore, that the pro- 
toiodide trituration will prove ceteris paribus more active than 
the pill, as such we have found it. . . . Since we have used 
the triturations, however, in preference to the ordinary pills, pa- 
tients more rarely complain of disagreeable sensations. We have 
been enabled to materially reduce the size of the dose in order 
to obtain the desired effect. In other words, a larger proportion 
of the drug is utilized for specific purposes, while, but a small 
amount remains to give rise to local irritation. ... I have 
nothing to add to this, except that I continue to use triturations 
of Mercury and other substances with increasing satisfaction. 
Besides those mentioned, I employ Calomel, Cyanide of Mer- 
cury, Black Oxide of Mercury and Corrosive Sublimate in this 
form.' " 

The above from this authority should be sufficient to convince 
one of the so-called "regular" or "allopathic" school, of the value 
of triturations. 

Recently, I wrote Dr. W. E. Kinnett, an eclectic physician, who 
has been president of the Illinois State Eclectic Medical Society 
for several years, and asked him about the use of the tissue rem- 
edies, in both crude and triturated form, and told him I would 
like to thoroughly investigate this matter, and received the fol- 
lowing : 

"Your letter of inquiry of the 7th inst. received and contents 
noted, and in reply will say that I have not accomplished as 
much good from the tissue remedies in crude form as in the 
triturations. However, perhaps, others have and can. I will be 
pleased to learn about your investigations along that line. Doctor, 
you must remember that it does not take medicine in quantity 
to correct a wrong, but quality and the correct remedy. We 
usually want the therapeutic effect rather than the physiological 
effect in treating the sick, and we want the very smallest amount 
that will accomplish the work. In regard to the dose, I have 
given in large and small doses of the crude, as well as the tritura- 
tions, and have received better results from the triturations. In 

400 Thoughts on Trituration. 

some cases where the crude drug failed I have used the at- 
tenuated drug of the same kind with very best of results." 

Dr. Kinnett has just completed a series of articles on the tis- 
sue remedies. 

These remedies, as well as the triturations oi many other rem- 
edies, are now used extensively by many eclectic physicians. 

A few years ago a noted physio-medical physician was writing 
in the Physio-Medical Record and highly recommended the trit- 
urations of Podophyllin and explained its advantage over the 
crude drug. Many of the physio-medical physicians of Chicago 
use triturations, especially of the tissue remedies. Many rem- 
edies, when given in the triturated form, are absorbed better and 
a much smaller dose is sufficient, and the effect of the remedy 
is obtained without any of the untoward action of it. 

In the last, or next to the last, edition of Hare's Therapeutics, 
a standard allopathic authority, he recommends the homoeopathic 
preparation of some drug, I cannot call to memory just what 

Potter says : 

"Pulsatilla is generally credited with specific therapeutical 
action on the generative organs of both sexes. Epididymitis and 
orchitis have been often controlled and entirely dissipated by its 
administration in very small doses, a few drops of the tincture 
in a glass of water, of which 5j is given every two hours (Pif- 
fard, Sturgis). In more than twenty-four cases of acute un- 
complicated epididymitis, doses of two drops of the tincture 
every two hours, gave immediate relief, the patient wearing a 
suspensory bandage, but not being confined to bed ( Borcherin). 
Doses of five drops aggravated this disorder, while those of m 
Vio every three hours proved curative (Piffard)." 

This is evidence that the small dose is curative, which cor- 
roborates Dr. Kinnett's views on the subject of dosage, one a 
regular, and one an eclectic. 

Triturations of most drugs are more pleasant to take and 
likely to do less harm. It will be to any physician's advantage 
to investigate the action of most remedies in the form of tritura- 

Potter says triturations of many substances were employed by 

4 01 

the Arabian physicians of the i;th cei 

case, no one could doubt but what Hahnemar/ - the one to 

brino- their use to the □ of the 


Quite a number of homoeopaths eagerly pursue the class in 
me licine that repudiates what is known 

lopathv. scorns Homoeopathy as being "antiquated" and I : • 

proclaim themselves to be the medical - ft >f the earth 3 very 

scientific and very much up-to-date. So far as being in the 
-light." occupying the centre of the medical stage an '. fill- 
ing the pages of the medi u*nals 3 they are an unqiu 
success, but after? Take the following, for instance, clipped 
almost at random from the pages of the last issue of the Medical 
f Review urnal that, from its title, ought to give 
the '"very latest" — the subject is "Tuberculin Reactions," and 
Dr. Pelton writes : 

"If in ;. - - the test is negative or doubtful, it is the □ 

se to try it again, but to do so introduces a complication of rather a 
is nature. This is bound up in the question of su - • : ttlon, or 

phenomenon wl s bee-: ext 

n with "serum disease; and which for the pre- 
define as an increased sensitive]] ss the s nd and sul 
lations with a serum. Pirque: sugg sts the - : te this 

increased sensitiveness A'.lergie tests' have been employed in a num- 

ber of cases. Ferrand and Lemaire are among those who report the 
recurrence :■:' th ophthalmo-raction on a cur : of tuberculin 

given weeks after the test has been applied. Klieneberger found that on a 
second test being applied 76 per cent : :'... - non 

show the ophthalmoreaction. Dufour. however, found that two suc- 
cessive instillations into different eyes always yielded concordant results. 
though the second reaction might be more severe: wit rcessive in- 

stillations into the same eye, the first be'- g ' . e. the second was some- 
times positive: with three or more instillations st being negat: 
later ones the s 
one. Anaphylaxis is. therefore, local." 

There may be something very profound in all this, but to the 
outside barbarian the only concrete fact apparent is that they 

402 Are They Advances. 

have created a new disease with their new remedy, and that it 
is proposed to name it "Allergie," after one of its sires. Where 
does the poor devil of a patient come in? 

Here is another clipping on the treatment of feverish babies : 

"Very young children, up to the age of four years, are more thoroughly 
cooled off by cold baths (20 degrees Celsius, lasting twelve minutes) than 
are children above this age. From the fourth year on the age makes no 
further difference, but poorly developed and undernourished children 
always present a greater drop of temperature than the well developeed 
and nourished patients. The antipyretic action of the bath is independent 
of the height of the fever and the daily temperature curve. The tempera- 
ture after the bath diminishes in about the same manner as during the 
bath, reaching its lowest point about a quarter of an hour afterwards. 
Untoward accidents were observed in shape of an enormous drop of tem- 
perature in two cases, and diarrhoea in four cases concerning little chil- 
dren with rubella." 

If the man who knows Homoeopathy had a "little fairy," as 
the soap advertisement puts, and illustrates it, would he prefer 
this treatment to what the mighty Osier terms "antiquated Ho- 
moeopathy?" To the outside barbarian, fighting temperature 
per se is about as scientific as battling with smoke would be 
while trying to put out a fire. And then Homoeopathy is not af- 
flicted with "untoward accidents." 

Again, this time on dermatology : 

"In judging of the value of methods of mercurial treatment, in addi- 
tion to clinical observation, valuable information can be obtained from 
quantitative examination of mercury excreted in the urine, for we are 
justified in assuming that the quantity of mercury in the urine depends 
upon the amount in the body or blood. Patients were treated with in- 
unctions, intramuscvular injections and by the Merkalator mask, and a 
daily quantitative examination of urine made. From a study of his results 
the writer draws the following conclusions : 

1. The amount of mercury excreted in the urine depends not alone on 
the amount actually absorbed, but also on the rapidity of absorption. 

2. A more rapid absorption of mercury results ceteris paribus in a more 
rapid excretion. 

3. Methods of treatment with rapid absorption and rapid excretion are 
ceteris paribus of less worth than those with gradual absorption and slow 

4. Methods with gradual absorption and slow excretion allow, ceteris 
paribus, the mercury to remain in the system a longer time. 

The Function of the Vermiform Appendix. 403 

5. The intravenous sublimate injections of Bacelli should not be con- 
sidered practically on account of their danger, and theoretically on ac- 
count of the rapid excretion of mercury. 

6. Large salicylate of mercury injections at several days' intervals are 
less productive of results than daily small injections of the same drug. 

7. Inunctions have the advantage of slow absorption, gradual excretion 
and the longer remaining in the tissues of the mercury as opposed to 
salicylate of mercury injections. 

8. The Merkalator teratment combines the advantages of the inunctions 
with the rapid action of the salicylate injections." 

What does the man of Homoeopathy or any other man learn 
from all this? Nothing, save that the less Mercury the patient 
receives the better for the patient. " Antiquated" Homoeopathy 
knew that a century ago. 

Here is something else : 

"The exact nature of opsonins is not known, but it is known that they 
are not identical with the agglutions, antitoxins, etc., which are also found 
in the plasma. Their action is not on the leucocytes, but on the bacteria, 
which they prepare for ingestion." 

Honestly, now, wouldn't the study of some old homoeopathic 
book yield better results than the science of which the foregoing 
are fair specimen bricks? 

By S. L. Corpe, M. D. 

While attending medical colleges of both schools ten or twelve 
years ago, some of my best professors advocated the theory that 
all infants should receive the operation for appendectomy. The 
same theory has been favorably mentioned in most of the medical 
journals since. In a recent number of one of them is the state- 
ment : 

"Of the function of the appendix nothing is known ; of the 
essential etiological character of its diseases we know but little 

Eren with modern aseptic surgery, the percentage of fatality 
of the infants operated upon universally woufa certainly equal 

404 The Function of the Vermiform Appendix. 

that of the deaths from appendicitis as it is. And as people be- 
come more enlightened, the disease will become more infrequent. 
All classes will learn from the intelligent family physician how 
to prevent or avoid it; not by the use of medicines, but by right 
living. Removing the "little rascal" would prevent trouble be- 
ing caused by the entrance of a seed (which is very rare), but 
it would invite a train of kindred troubles all through life. 

Only about 25 per cent, of the cases of appendicitis are caused 
by having a seed, fecal matter or any other foreign substance 
whatever in the appendix. 

My observations on about fifty persons who have had their 
appendices excised show that, as a general rule, they have more 
pain in the abdomen, more general trouble, especially constipa- 
tion, than other people, and more than they experienced before 
the operation. My experience on animals — mostly dogs, as they 
are more abundant here than rabbits or other creatures — prove 
that constipation is always greater. 

Testing the substance in the appendix chemically and me- 
chanically, I find it to be chiefly a lubricant and slightly a di- 
gestive juice. 

This is needed to assist in the movement of the feces in the 
colon. This juice is also a powerful germicide, as are all the di- 
gestive juices when not weakened or deranged by abuse of drugs 
which is yet such a universal habit with doctors and the laity. 
This fluid is much greater than we would suppose, judging by 
the size of the appendix. In an adult, this organ averages three 
and one-half inches in length, and is about the thickness of a 
lead pencil. I can only estimate, but I believe it gives off about 
four ounces a day. 

The appendix is not a rudiment of a lengthened caecum, as 
has been taught by some of our standard text-books, but is a 
distinct organ, having a distinct function. 

The solitary glands are far more numerous in it than in any 
portion of the colon. It is remarkably well supplied with lym- 
phatics and lymphatic glands which, as we may say, feed it. 

As this little organ becomes better understood, surgeons will 
be less keen to remove it upon the least provocation. And if 
it is found to be the case that it is curable medically, the sur- 

Practical Experience with Remedies in Typhoid Fever. 405 

geon will do his patient greater service by closing the ex- 
ploratory incision and leaving the appendix to do its further 

Cove, Oregon. 

(This paper was first printed in a local journal in 1903, and 
was the first, or among the first to call attention to the important 
use the appendix performs. — Ed. H. R.) 


To the Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder: 

Without entering into the phase of the question of the germ 
theory of disease pre*sented by Dr. Leslie Martin, permit me to 
inform your readers that in "Les grande Problemes Medicaux," 
Prof. A. Bechamps characterizes the microbic theory of disease, 
"la plus grande sottise scientifique de ce temps." 

Dr. Bechamps died recently in Paris, at the age of ninety-one 
years, in full possession of all his faculties except vision. 

It was from him Pasteur stole nearly all his pretended dis- 
coveries, grossly distorting them in plagiarizing them. 

I hope you will place this before your readers, and if you find 
a demand for proof, I will refer your readers to the original 
works, whereby they can prove the fact for themselves. I will 
also indicate to them an absolutely fake experiment of Pasteur's, 
which they can verify if so minded. 

Moxt. R. Leverson, M. D. 

427 Grant Ave.. Brooklyn, N. Y ., July 17, ipo8. 


First. Bryonia. 

Someone has said : 'The more the typhoid the more the 
Bryonia/ 3 Whoever said it, said well. 

Bryonia has served us more often and more regularly than 
all other remedies combined. So much is this true that our corps 
has almost come to prescribe it routinely upon the reception of 
a fever case. 

406 Practical Experience with Remedies in Typhoid Fever. 

Begun at the beginning, the temperature rarely gets beyond 

control and we have been very fortunate in warding off the in- 
testinal relaxations that are such a nuisance so often. 

The mental hebetude, the dulled expression, the besotted 
countenance, the dry brown tongue, the foul breath, the slug- 
gishness of functions, the decubitus and desire to lie quiet, the 
slowness of pulse as compared with temperature, these and other 
symptoms to be found in the Symptom-Codex are the picture 
for Bryonia in typhoid. 

Many of our cases have been carried through on Bryonia 
alone, without a single constitutional or intercurrent. 

Second. Next to Bryonia has come Baptisia. But it has not 
been called for in anything like the number that might be ex- 
pected from the praise it has received. 

Ever since Hale pronounced Baptisia a remedy which would 
abort typhoid fever it has been used frequently and indiscrim- 
inately in the beginning as an abortifacient. Whereas, Baptisia 
is rarely indicated early. Its chief characteristic are putridity 
and duality of consciousness, or rather, a perversion of our 

Baptisia is a secondary remedy, always to be thought of as 
the patient gets mixed up, and as his breath and discharges be- 
come penetratingly foul. 

Someone else is in bed with him; it is tfie other man who is 
sick; what has become of his chest, leg or arm; in answering 
questions it is in the third person singular; it is "he," not "I," 
who slept well or who didn't. 

These symptoms never occur in the first week. They doubt- 
less arise from the effect of the typhoid toxin and the continued 
heat upon those centres in the brain that preside ove* duality ol 
consciousness — hence it is the other part of us. the other fellow. 
if you will, who is sick and behaving badly. 

In this perversion Baptisia is a cfessic. Likewise v/here pu- 
tridity predominates. 

And this, also, is always late. 

A word about the potency. For years it was my view that all 
our indigenous remedies did better in the tincture or low. Hale 
so taught, and he was the New Remedies authority. My ideas 
have long since- undergone a change along this lipe. 

Practical Experience with Remedies in Typhoid Fever. 407 

Baptisia does better the farther removed from the crude. 

There may be a limit to the distance to be travelled to keep 
this statement good, but thus far I seem not to have reached it. 
The sixth, twelfth, thirteenth, and even the one-thousandth have 
served me better than the first, second or ticture. 

Third. Belladonna. 

No small number of typhoid fever cases suffer severe head- 
ache, flushed face, injected eyes, dry mouth and tongue, nose- 
bleed, general redness of skin. 

Here Belladonna has served a good purpose. But it is not 
a long-indicated remedy. It relieves quickly or it does not. It 
will not carrv a case clear through as does Bryonia or as does 
Rhus or Baptisia. But it is often indicated, and often helpful 
where ordinarily Gelsemium or Veratrum viride is prescribed. 

Fourth. Rhus tox. 

The early homoeopaths were in the habit, as are too many to- 
day, of giving Bryonia and Rhus alternately to all their typhoid 
patients, the journals containing many brilliant cures by this 

The pathogeneses of these drugs proclaim, however, that they 
are direct opposites in all their chief characteristics. This be- 
ing true, they are not even analogously related and should not 
be prescribed conjointly. If it is a Bryonia case it is not a Rhus 

For patients with intense restlessness, constant tossing about, 
incessant throwing of arms and legs, bitter complaints about the 
bed. always too hard, muttering delirium that never lets up, 
nightly diarrhoea of a pea-soup character, involuntary watery 
and offensive stools, tongue intensely dry, red at the tip and 
with a dry streak down the centre, extending from tip to base, 
Rhus tox. is without an equal. 

As stated, in our cases it has not been very often called for. 
But when needed it has been needed bad and has done good 

Fifth. Lycopodium. 

Kraft calls Lycopodium the '"Yellow Remedy. " 

Everything is yellow, the skin, the sclerotics, the tongue, the 
urine, the feces, the perspiration, the liver is swollen and torpid, 

408 Hahnemann's Grandson in Stuttgart. 

the abdomen is distended with gas, borborygmus and flatulence 
are characteristic, the mind is as torpid as the liver, the patient 
is listless. 

Lycopodium is only an intercurrent, as a rule, and not often 
called for. But occasionally it is very helpful. 

Sixth. Sulphur. 

Not often called for, yet a good passing remedy. 

The heat is dry and pungent, insistent and intense. It is 
worse toward and in the night. The skin is as dry as if burned, 
and burns the hand. 

The pulse is fast, for typhoid, the temperature extreme, and 
neither will come down and stay down. 

The bowels are torpid, as with Lycopodium, the urine slug- 
gish and very red, staining everything, but not leaving the sedi- 
ment of Lycopodium. 

The bladder is paralyzed, full to bursting. 

Sulphur is a regenerator, a revivifier, an arouser of dormant 
forces, the clearer away of dyscrasial rubbish. 

Rarely will it be needed long at a time, an occasional dose in 
the high potency sufficing. — C. E. Fisher, M. D., in A'. E. Med. 

[These observations are based on Dr. Fisher's experience while 
chief of the railroad builder's hospitals in North Carolina re- 
cently. — Editor H. R.] 


It may interest our readers to hear something of the grand- 
son of Hahnemann, himself a homoeopathic physician, who lately 
visited the Hahnemannian Society in Stuttgart. We give the 
article as it is found in the (f Homceopathische Monatshefte," 
June, 1908, the organ of the Hahnemannian Society : 

"A few days before the annual meeting of the Hahnemannian 
Society, we were able to inform the officers of our branch so- 
cieties throughout Wuertenberg, that Dr. S. Hahnemann, from 
Ventnor, Isle of Wight, the grandson of our venerable master, 
had promised us his presence at our annual meeting. This visit 
was all the more an honor to our societv, as the asred gentleman 

Hahnemann's Grandson in Stuttgart. 409 

who, spite of his eighty-two years, is still quite sturdy, had de- 
termined on this far journey without being urged by us. For 
several years he has had the desire of visiting the national so- 
ciety in Wuertenberg, of which he is an honorary member, and 
to be present, if possible, at one of its annual meetings." 

The president, Professor Jauss, greeted the visitor heartily in 
the name of the Hahnemannian Society. At the request of the 
meeting, Dr. Hahnemann, at a later part of the meeting, ascended 
the rostrum, to give to us some reminiscences of his grandfather. 
As these may also interest our readers, we herewith give them in 
brief : 

"First of all, I wish to thank you for my election as honorary 
member of your society. I am well aware that I owe this honor 
alone to the circumstance that I have the good fortune of being 
the grandson of so renowned a man. I am heartily glad to belong 
to a society likes yours, which so highly values the teachings of 
my dear grandfather, and which thinks no efforts too great to 
publish Homoeopathy in the remotest circles. 

"My recollections of my grandparents go back to my earliest 
childhood. I have only an indistinct recollection of my grand- 
mother, and how she took me on her lap and gave me sweet- 
meats. But I well remember my grandfather, in whose house 
it was my privilege to spend my childhood. I also happened to 
be the first patient to whom he prescribed Drosera in whooping- 
cough. His practice filled all his time. His office was filled with 
patients from the early morning, and in the street before his 
house, Wall street, there were numerous carriages, in which his 
patients from abroad were brought there or taken away again. 
When I was eight years of age, my grandfather, who, then was 
already eighty years old, married for the second time, and this 
time a French woman. Shortly after this he took me to Halle, 
where I entered the gymnasium. There I again saw my grand- 
father when on his way to Paris with his newly married wife. 
He came in an extra post-chaise, and remained in Halle over 
night and invited his friends and acquaintances to a farewell 
supper. Several daughters of Hahnemann, among them also my 
mother, accompanied the couple to Halle, and took part in the 
farewell-banquet, at which I also was allowed to be present. 

410 Hahnemann's Grandson in Stuttgart. 

Later, I saw my grandfather again in Paris. Of his daughters 
my mother was the only one, who did not recoil from the journey 
to Paris, which, at that time, was pretty troublesome. Two of 
my aunts, who were living in Coethen, had once made up their 
mind to accept the invitation of my grandfather to come to 
Paris. But when they drove over the long bridge over the 
Rhine, at Mayence, they were taken with such a fright, that 
they ordered the coachman to turn back, and to return at once 
to Coethen. I am also one of the few persons who was allowed 
to stand at the deathbed of Hahnemann. I was spending at the 
time some days with my mother in Paris. We several times en- 
deavored to get to see my grandfather, but his second wife de- 
terminedly refused us admission. It is probable that she was 
afraid we might induce the man, who was then on his death- 
bed, to change his testament. Only when she saw that he was 
dying, she permitted us to see him. My grandfather at once 
recognized me in spite of his great weakness. He had taken 
cold a few weeks before when visiting a patient, and had caught 
a bronchial catarrh which caused his death in his eighty-ninth 
year. As Madame Hahnemann had secured permission from the 
authorities, to keep her husband's body at home for two weeks, 
no one knew the day or hour of his interment. On a rainy 
morning we were informed quite early in the morning, that the 
interment was about to take place. Without any attendant 
solemnity, the coffin was lifted into the hearse and taken to the 
cemetery of Montmartre, and there let down into a grave in 
which there were already two other coffins. Besides my mother, 
but few mourners attended the funeral, as Madame Hahnemann 
had informed neither the numerous friends nor the colleagues of 
the departed of the funeral. 

'This strange action of my grandmother, more than all else, 
may serve to show how little interest she showed in the nearest 
relatives of her departed husband. Of the enormous property 
which my grandfather left behind, we never came to see a cent, 
and when my mother, later on, requested a contribution for me, 
so that I might be able to finish my medical studies in Leipsic 
without financial cares, Madame Hahnemann refused all assist- 
ance and said : "If you have not the necessary means for allowing 

The Homoeopathic Remedy vs. the Catheter. 411 

your son to study medicine, let him turn shoemaker." But by 
good fortune I was enabled to finish my studies even without 
her help; after which I settled in London. There I practiced 
for a half century of years, according to my grandfather's prin- 
ciples, and always enjoyed an extensive practice." 


To the Editor of the Homoeopathic Recorder: 

In the July number of the Recorder, page 324, "Short Stops," 
a case of stricture of the urethra, by Charles C. Curtus, M. D., 
reminds me of some interesting cases that I have had to deal 
with, that I think worth relating and will be of interest to Dr. 
Curtus and some others, who like to give true Homoeopathy a 
fair chance. 

During the year 1883, a man about six feet tall and forty 
years old, came into my office suffering with greatly distended 
bladder from stoppage of urine, and wishing to get him relieved 
as quickly as possible, I introduced a small silver catheter which 
revealed the existence of a rigid stricture near the prostate gland. 
After several efforts which caused great pain I had to give it up 
as a hopeless case, and sat down to consider what to do. After 
resting and thinking a few minutes I concluded that it was a case 
for therapeutics and not for surgery, and at once began to take 
symptoms, which were not a few, but soon taken. A little refer- 
ence to my repertory and Hering's Condensed Materia Medica 
soon told that every symptom in his case was a symptom for 
Cantharides; I gave him a dose of the 200 (B. & T.) and left 
him on a couch and went out to see a patient, and returned in an 
hour and a-half to find he had passed near two quarts of urine. 
He got up and walked about a little while and passed some more, 
and said he felt quite easy and went home and returned next 
morning to tell me he was all right. Since then I have had two 
other cases in which a catheter was unable to relieve, and all the 
symptoms clearly indications for Cantharides, and in each case 
gave prompt relief ; and several others in which no attempt was 
made to use an instrument, but the remedy indicated was always 

412 The Pharmacist and His Charges. 

Cantharides and was equally effective. This is not routine. It 
is prescribing by symptoms. 

The sensible patient will pay more willingly, to be cured than 
for an operation which doesn't cure. But the heromaniac will 
pay more willingly for an operation and be maimed for all after 
life to have the pleasure of boasting of heroism and have the 
glory of talking about it. I have always found it better and safer 
to study the case, find the right remedy and give it a chance be- 
fore calling a surgeon, for by so doing a surgeon's services are 
seldom necessary and leave the patient in better condition. 

W. L. Morgan, M. D. 

Baltimore, Md., July 22, 1908. 


George P. Mills, a pharmacist, writes to the /. A. M. A. con- 
cerning the oft repeated charge that pharmacists get 'exorbitant 
prices" for their product : 

"The pharmacist's charges should not, and can not, be simply 
for the material furnished plus an allowance for time at laborer's 
rates. The remuneration which he should and must receive dif- 
fers not one iota from that of any one of the professional follow- 
ings, plus ordinary mercantile profits. The amount received 
must be in proper proportion to the great length of time and the 
necessary education required to enable him to compound and to 
dispense properly. The competent surgeon is not paid two, five 
or fifteen hundred dollars for simply carving human flesh, but for 
so skilfully performing an operation that a human life will be 
saved. So with the pharmacist, a proper reward must follow 
for his services in skilfully manufacturing and dispensing while 
assisting in prolonging or saving that same life. It is realized 
that we must exercise the greatest amount of patience possible 
in handling the subject so often spoken of as 'a return to the 
practice of medicine and pharmacy' and also with each other 
while doing so. In order to accomplish the greatest amount of 
good, it is necessary, without doubt, that the physician should 
become more fully acquainted with the pharmacist's side of the 
subject and the pharmacist must take an equal interest in becom- 

Southern Homoeopathic Medical Association. 413 

ing more intelligent regarding the physician's ground. 'The 
well-known fact' that the druggist's charges are far greater than 
is necessary, has never been proved by the existence of swollen 
bank accounts or a showing of what money can buy." 
The editor of the journal makes the comment on this : 
"The plea of Mr. Mills deserves the serious attention of the 
medical profession. Whoever has had the least acquaintance 
with the business side of pharmacy will agree that the common 
notion of the enormous profits of the druggist are entirely er- 


President V. H. Hallman, M. D., of Hot Springs, Ark., and 
Edward Harper, M. D., New Orleans, La., have sent out the 
following circular letter to all the southern homceopathic physi- 
cians. It is proposed to hold the meeting at New Orleans, Feb- 
ruary Mardi Gras, and hoped that many northern homceopathic 
physicians will attend, for all are invited, and volunteer papers will 
be acceptable. It will be a delightful trip, and all who can should 
avail themselves of the opportunity. For details, address the 
secretary, Dr. Edward Harper, Macheca Bldg., New Orleans, 

"The Southern Homceopathic Medical Association, the most 
important interstate or sectional society of our school, has reached 
aseriously critical period. The pending question is : Will it con- 
tinue to exist or go out of existence for want of support." 

"Can we afford to sacrifice this one-time prosperous organiza- 
tion? We need its influence for the progress and defense of 
Homoeopathy. Now especially that the American Institute has 
started a propaganda to advance our cause in every section of our 
country it would be little less than criminal to allow it to die. 

"By the first of October at lastest the secretary must know 
whether or not sufficient support is pledged to warrant the un- 
dertaking of a meeting. In the meantime all preliminary ar- 
rangements will be made for active work, and if reports are 
favorable you will be informed of the exact dates of the meet- 

414 Therapeutic Pointers. 

"Answer at once. Your co-operations must be secured. If you 
are in arrears pay in your dues for 1908, or if you wish to make 
a contribution send either to the treasurer, Dr. R. s . Moth, 
Macheca Bldg., New Orleans, La. 

"If you are not a member notify the secretary that you will 
join the organization. Every recipient of this notice is expected 
to inform him that he or she is getting busy and determined to 
help in every way possible. Success depends on each of you in- 

N. B. — No initiation fee. Annual dues, $2.00. 


Dr. Charles E. Wheeler places special stress on the great value 
of Kali chloratnm in chronic nephritis, which he has given in the 
2x to 6th dilution with benefit on pathological lines. Dr. Hush- 
field finds that this drug in fatal cases of poisoning by it causes 
"important new changes in the white corpuscles of the blood." 

Dr. C. E. Wheeler successfully treated a case of "paroxysmal 
abdominal pain of several years' standing" with Chionanthus 6, 
after several other remedies had failed. You will find the 
Lawshe proving in New, Old and Forgotten Remedies, with 
plenty of abdominal pain in it. 

Dr. R. M. C. H. Cooper (Horn. World) calls attention to the 
great value of Belladonna 6, as a local application in acute sup- 
purative inflammation. 

When patient is more or less rheumatic Rhus tox. is the prob- 
able remedy if heart is affected, and Phosphorus where fat is 
the trouble. Dr. O. F. Miller finds them good in these conditions. 

Tartar emetic, 6x, is said to be almost a specific for herpes in 
the beard. 

Miss , forty years old ; has to urinate every five to ten 

minutes, and always a large quantity ; rapid loss of strength and 
great dejection of spirits. Cantharis 30, in water, every two 
hours, one teaspoonful, relieved at once. — Dr. Goullon. 

I had a very pretty proving of Borax several weeks since. A 
few days after having discharged myself from an obstetric case, 

Therapeutic Pointers. 415 

I was again summoned to prescribe for the baby, which the 
mother said was "so nervous," and also said that she noticed this 
nervousness chiefly in one symptom, that the child (a girl) "was 
exceedingly afraid of falling;" she said this symptom was so 
noticeable that her husband and others had observed it. I, of 
course, at once thought of Borax, and was about looking into the 
little one's mouth in search of further indications. At this junc- 
ture the mother of the child informed me that "the baby had not 
a sore mouth, as the nurse had given it a washing out twice a 
day with Borax to prevent it, and had also washed the baby all 
over with the preparation every day to make its skin healthy." 
Suspecting a Borax proving, I determined to confirm my sus- 
picions and give no medicine. I accordingly stopped the nurse's 
work and gave Sac. lac, enough to last three days. Calling at 
the end of that time, I found that the child was too well to need 
any antidote. I should also state that I found a slight inflamma- 
tion of the mouth on the first inspection, which would, doubtless, 
have developed into something more troublesome. I cannot say 
whether this was also a "proving" or a mere chance symptom, 
but believe the former, as it also disappeared with the other. — 
Dr. William Jefferson Guernsey. 

Offensive, or, in Anglo-Saxon, stinking, - discharges of "mat- 
ter," calls for Psorinum 30 — not too often. Dr. Rabe reports a 
case {Critique) of such a discharge, greenish, following measles, 
that was cleared up by that remedy. 

Dr. G. H. Thacker {Critique) writes of Acetic acid. The 
more the victim of the vinegar habit becomes poisoned with it 
the more he craves it. Like whiskey. Becomes pale, bloodless, 
waxy, anaemic and dropsical, with sweat and thirst. It is worth 
looking up. 

Dr. C. E. Quigg, Tomah, Wis., writes of Mitchella Repens in 
Ellingwood's Therapeutist: "The remedy was used by the Indian 
women previous to labor, and had a reputation for accomplish- 
ing exactly that which I use it for. But few writers have en- 
larged upon its virtues, but those who have used it for any 
length of time have become enthusiastic concerning its action 
and depend upon it with much positiveness. It not only removes 

416 Better Than Circumcision. 

complications, but improves the general condition of the nervous 
system, especially in its influence over the reproductive function. 
It removes erratic pains and unsatisfied longings, corrects hys- 
terical conditions and reflex symptoms, and causes the functions 
of the urinary apparatus to be properly performed. The bowels 
become regular, faulty digestion is corrected, the appetite be- 
comes natural, the digestion is improved, and there is a general, 
normal nourishing not only of the mother, but also of the child." 
Material doses. Has employed it in over 500 cases. 


Twenty-five years ago a twenty-four hours' old boy, crying and 
straining with pain, had not micturated. Two years before an- 
other physician had a similar experience with a brother of the 
child, and had him circumcised for relief, and the parents were 
sure similar proceedings were needful with this child. Instead, 
however, I first inserted the blunt of a probe into the meatus of 
the prepuce, and followed it with the bills of small dressing for- 
ceps and then dilated. The result was a spouting flow of urine. 
I then inserted the flat end of the probe and carefully but thor- 
oughly separated the prepuce from the glands penis and then 
retracted the prepuce until about half of the glans appeared. The 
child had no further difficulty in micturating. Since then, when- 
ever a prepuce has seemed abnormally long or there was com- 
plaint about the boy not micturating, I have always similarly 
operated. After some of these boys had attained manhood I 
found occasion to examine their organs, and in every case the 
prepuce was naturally retracted nearly or quite to the corona. I 
am of the opinion that circumcision is very rarely necessary, and 
that if this process was generally followed it never would be. 
An adult with a long prepuce is imperfectly developed and should 
be circumcised; but, in my judgment, his predicament might have 
been avoided by the above procedure. 

The prepuce exists as a protection for the delicate nerve ter- 
minals of the glans until the development of manhood no longer 
requires it. And then it slowly and naturally retracts if not ad- 
herent to the glans. I do not think complete retraction of the 
prepuce needful for the sake of cleanliness in childhood. Na- 
ture will care for that if let alone." — Sinclair, The Eclectic Re- 

Book Notices. 417 


Radium as an Internal Remedy. Especially Exempli- 

fied in Cases of Skin-Disease and Cancer. By John H. Clarke, 
M. D. 126 pages. Cloth, 2s. 6d., net. Postage, 2d. extra. 
The Homoeopathic Publishing Co., 12, Warwick Lane, Lon- 
don, E. C. Philadelphia : Boericke & Tafel. 
This handsome, red covered little book is decidedly interesting 
and timely, for there can be no doubt of the tremendous power of 
the drug, and every homoeopathic tyro knows that its therapeutic 
value could never be scientifically defined save by homoeopaths. 
Fortunately, the drug makes its homoeopathic appearance under 
the auspices of such a master of Homoeopathy as Dr. J. H. Clarke. 
Aside from introductory matter and index, the book is divided 
into five parts, viz. : 

I. Introductory. 

II. Provings. 

III. Cases Treated With Radium. 

IV. Cancer and Carcinosis. 

V. Schematic Arrangements of Symptoms. 

To avoid possible future confusion, it might be well to state 
here that Radium and Radium bromatum, as Dr. Clarke calls the 
drug, are the same, there being but one form of the drug or salt 
obtainable. Needless for us to state here the book is both timely 
and decidedly interesting. Further proving and clinical experi- 
ence alone can clearly define the clinical sphere of the remedy, 
though Dr. Clarke has made a most satisfactory- start in the work. 

Whooping-Cough Cured With Coqueluchin. Its Ho- 
moeopathic Nosode. By John H. Clarke, M. D. 90 pages. 
Cloth. The Homoeopathic Publishing Co., 12, Warwick Lane, 
London, E. C. 

The first edition of this work came out under the title of 
Whooping-Cough Cured With Pertussin, but was withdrawn 
because the English authorities had granted a patent to a German 

418 Book Notices. 

firm for a proprietory preparation of that name, i. e., Pertussin. 
The name of the nosode was changed then to the French 
equivalent, Coqueluchin, under which name it will henceforth be 
known in England, at least, and should be also in the United 
States, to prevent confusion, for the German patent medicine of 
that name is not the same as the homoeopathic nosode. The 
book is written in Dr. Clarke's usual good and interesting style. 
The remedy is to whooping-cough what Bacillinum is to tuber- 
culosis. The remedy is prescribed by Dr. Clarke in the 30 po- 
tency and, we believe, that is the only potency obtainable in the 
United States of the same preparation Dr. Clarke found to be 
so successful in practice. As whooping-cough is now very 
prevalent in many parts of this country, the appearance of the 
book is timely. 

Dr. Geo. H. Martin, of Oakland, Cal., wrote to Dr. Boger con- 
cerning the Boenninghausen Characteristics and Repertory, as 
follows : "There will be no volume on my shelves which I shall 
value as much as Boenninghausen's Characteristics and Reper- 
tory. As to the work itself, it is certainly a monument of pains- 
taking, careful study, which will be invaluable to the homoeo- 
pathic profession for all time, and we certainly owe you a debt 
of gratitude, which we cannot repay. Such a life work as this, 
is, I fear, largely its own reward, for money cannot pay for it. 
I have looked it over carefully and am much impressed by its 
usefulness. You have put the matter in new form for us, which 
makes it most convenient for study." 

This is a repertory that should be better known than it is by 
all those who make a specialty of finding the similimum. Just 
keep this hint in mind and give the book a careful examination 
on the first opportunity. 

Dr. M. S. Wing, Los Angeles, Cal. {Therapeutist) , advocates 
the use of warm olive oil (105 ), as an enema. 

An eclectic writer advises Gelsemium when patient complains 
that pain covers the entire head. 

Staphisagria has been highly commended in cases of chronic 

Homoeopathic Recorder. 




Address communications , books for review, exchanges, etc., for the editor, to 

E. P. ANSHUTZ, P. O. Box 921, Philadelphia, Pa. 


Not Quacks. — The last number of the Recorder contained 
a little squib to the effect that Dr. Osier, in refusing an invitation 
to attend a banquet of N. Y. Horn. Med. College, intimated that 
they were quacks. This seems to be error, for Dr. Osier merely 
said they were "antiquated and unreasonable." Here is his let- 
ter, as published in the Medical Record, taken from the N. Y. 

Dear Dr. McDowell — I do not think that we have a common ground at 
present so long as your school clings to the law of similia, which from the 
modern scientific point of view is as antiquated and unreasonable as is 
the so-called allopathic system from which we modern physicians have 
departed. With kind regards and best wishes, and thanking you most 
sincerely for the compliment, sincerely yours — William Osier. 

This is another shift, a going on a new tack. Homoeopaths 
have been pretty much everything in the past that was medically 
naughty, but now they are only unfit for the society of "modern 
physicians" because they are antiquated. The definition of a 
"modern physician," as typified by Dr. Osier, would be a prob- 
lem that would puzzle the problem solvers. The antiquated idea 
of a doctor is of one who finds the Balm of Gilead, the leaves 
of the tree for the healing of the nations and things of that sort. 
The physician of the Osier type seems to be in action a sort of 
director of nurses, and in the chair, an expounder of theories 
which he gravely dubs "science," which changes with the seasons, 
the changes being termed "advance." This is good gallery play, 
but when a physician wants to do some genuine healing, he had 
better hike back to "antiquated" Homoeopathy. 

420 Editorial. 

Darwinian Grounds. — In an article in the Medical Record 
(Aug. 8), under the heading, "Darwinian and Diabetes," Dr. R. 
G. Eccles writes : "For many years there has been a constantly 
growing sentiment within the medical profession to explain 
nearly every disease on Darwinian grounds." One rather nat- 
urally jumps to the conclusion that this means "heredity," but 
this is not the case, for "a microbic explanation of disease is es- 
sentially a Darwinian one," being the struggle for existence 
between man and microbe, for "they enter our circulation and 
contest with our cells the right of our pabulum there. They even 
attack the protoplasm of the cells and seek to appropriate it to 
their own use." The conclusion seems to be that microbes are the 
cause of diabetes. It is curious what different characters the 
microbe takes on in the eyes of different men ; to one he is a 
"germ" which, planted in fruitful soil, brings forth abundant 
crops of disease; as Dr. Eccles pictures him, he seems like a 
minute rat, who plays havoc by eating our substance, and to 
others he (or it) takes on still other phases. Some men, out of 
date or far ahead of their times, as you choose, see in him but a 
tissue change, wrought by that unknown something, which 
comes to man and is known as disease. Many men are looking 
beyond the microbe for the origin of disease to trie first cause 
and they are coming back to the Mosaic, or divine, revelation, 
that it is in sin — physical sin. The father commits physical sins 
and they are visited on his posterity. Some organ is weakened 
in the child of the physical sinner — or the whole organism — and 
this weakness assumes a form known as tuberculosis, or what 
not, the microbes are developed or are the representatives of what 
Hahnemann calls the "dynamic" change, and disease, as described 
in the medical books, is established. The microscope is exceed- 
ingly useful, but it will never discover the first cause of disease. 
The cause, whatever it be, is back of matter, and that, probably, 
accounts for the many seeming miracles wrought by the d\ namic 
remedy. There is a good deal in the subject. 

Ever Something "New/' — The Journal of the American 
Medical Association, in enumerating the blights on medical 
journalism, gives as the first one "the over-production of articles 

Editorial. 421 

that are not new." At first sight this seems very reasonable and 
true, but the more you consider it, the further it leads you into a 
maze. Suppose nothing were to be published in medical journals 
for the next ten years except that which is new, what a great 
peace and silence would prevail. And if the ban were to be still 
further extended to exclude everything but what was true, the 
silence would become painful. There may be a few men who 
know all that is new and old in the medical world, but their 
number is very, very small, and there be some of the few who 
think they do, but mistake. To impress every new thing on all 
the medical profession would require brass trumpets and gongs 
and then there would be many who would escape, perhaps, much 
to their advantage. The vision of one journal and one editor is 
a pleasing, iridescent dream that will never be realized. Remem- 
ber that what is shop-worn knowledge to one is dewey freshness 
to another, and geneially turns out to be as perishable as the 
flower which springeth up and is withered. 

A Little About Pedigree. — Dr. Abbott, exploiter of the al- 
kaloids, in his recently printed "reply to his critics," meaning 
the editor, Dr. G. H. Simmons, of the Journal of the American 
Medical Association, writes : "The slurring references to the ho- 
mceopathists are characteristic, inasmuch as Dr. Simmons him- 
self is a graduate of a homoeopathic school. The animosity of 
the renegade against his former associates is traditional." Polk's 
last edition gives Simmons to Hahnemann, Chicago, 1882, and 
Rush, Chicago, 1892. The same authority gives Abbott to the 
University of Michigan, though which department is not stated. 
Curious, isn't it, that a "reformed" homoeopath should be training 
the allopathic mind in the way it should go and another (suspect- 
ed) should be trying to exploit alkaloids on the line developed 
t>y provings of the tinctures? 

Serum and Serum. — No recent preparation has held the stage 
so long as antitoxin; indeed, it seems to have become almost 
a fixed star in the scientific medical heavens. Still no one need 
t>e surprised to see it some day become a shooting star and trail 
■out of sight, as have the others of that heavenly, but delusive 

422 Editorial. 

expanse where fixed stars seem to have no place. Indeed, it is 
already changing and a "refined and concentrated antitoxin" is 
being earnestly advocated to take the place of the old "unrefined 
horse serum, with its accompanying rashes," etc., and, as the 
makers of the "refined" brand gather headway we may look for 
the sins of the "unrefined" horse product to be revealed. There 
be those who contend that a properly diluted injection of carbolic 
acid will do the work better, that, in fact, all the wonderful vir- 
tues of the horse serum, refined or unrefined, lie in its preserva- 
tives ; these, however, are but "old cranks' who oppose prog- 
ress." Maybe they are, who knows? Time will tell. 

Are There After-Claps? — The "regular" and "liberal" medi- 
cal journals are full of the beauties of "immunization," which 
seems to be the putting of a poisonous substance into the blood 
until the dose that at first caused distress ceases to show any 
marked effect. When this stage is reached the man or beast is 
"immune." At one stage in his career a stiff horn of whiskey 
will show marked results in a man ; later it will take that amount 
to brace him up to apparent normal. A man by practice may take 
enough arsenic to have killed him several times over at an earlier 
stage. How about those made "immune" by diseased serum in- 

Some one may earn and merit a feather in his cap by studying 
the after effect of much immunizations and serum. But don't 
try it on yourself. 

Rhus Potsoning. — C. W. Reynolds, in The Lancet-Clinic, 
writes that in cases of Rhus poisoning, if the parts are first wet 
with water and then rubbed with a piece of alum, relief from the 
itching will be felt in a few minutes, and the case will soon heal. 
The same procedure, rubbing the skin with alum, will prevent 
the poisoning. This treatment proved effective in one case, at 
least, but whether it will succeed in all cases, is a question that 
experience alone can answer. 

That Tuberculin Test. — The following is clipped from an 
exchange and is prayerfully commended to the attention of the 

Editorial. 423 

warriors against tuberculosis, who are making wholesale use of 
this nosode : "The 'Schles. Yolksztg.' reports that the veterinary 
surgeon, Bougert, of Berlin, observed that cattle which were 
treated with the Behring method of protective vaccination gave 
for many months milk which contained germs of tuberculosis. 
The meat is rendered unfit for human food, and the milk is 

Free Advertising. — Some medical manufacturing companies 
possess the secret of obtaining free advertising. If the recipe 
for this could be sold it would command a goodly sum. Certain 
German houses have the secret, and the Pasteur Company, 
""Limited," of Paris, is not a bad second. Its remedy for old 
age is frequently written up by lay and medical editors, as some- 
thing showing the wonders of modern medical science, but no 
scientists possess the secret of its make-up. It is about as ef- 
ficacious as Sayso's Consumption Cure, and belongs in the same 
category. It probably started with the "discovery" of the mi- 
crobe of old age, which was heralded by the press as science in- 
stead of joke, and the rest was easy. 

A Contribution to the Common Fund. — A physician con- 
tributes, to a very serious medical journal, an article which, in 
its prelude, informs the world that : 

*'An active vegetable principle in medical practice is a tonic when, by its 
proper therapeutic use, it neutralizes a disturbing toxin, early in the toxin's 
biochemical course of worrying the nerve structures in some part of the 
body. The worry of the nerve structures, referred to, is the catalysis of 
the affected nerves, which, continued to the extent of autocatalysis, fur- 
nishes in apparently disintegrated form the affinitive cognate of the toxin 
recently in the structure of the nerve." 

As the subject here treated is "Toxinneutralization is Tonicity" 
- — or, rather, not subject, but statement which the writer seeks 
to prove — one feels that some comments are needed, but, on a 
second reading, the conclusion is arrived at that "All right, let 
it go at that" will be sufficient. After dwelling on the subject 
in detail the writer sums it all up as follows : 

'The therapeutic uses of the various curative sera and vaccines are the 
latest stimulus to the recognition of the correlation of the disturbing toxins 

424 Editorial. 

and the proteid vegetable principles. The disintegrated protoplasm of the 
bacteria in the sera and vaccines contain vegetable, alkaloid principles in 
the entranglements of their simple nature, which when injected into the 
body calls out all of the latent power of the immunizing faculty of the 
body, to economically dispose of them to the last therapeutic advantage." 

Now the reader knows how all the various serums perform 
their task of robbing disease of its terrors. Isn't it all pellucid, 

The Crazy Ones. — Drs. Doane and De Armand, the latter 
of Davenport, la., have fallen afoul of each other in the pages of 
the Medical Summary, on the subject of insanity, and the latter 
comes back on the former, as follows : 

"Personally, I do not feel that the average specialist reflects 
any great amount of credit upon his profession or contributes 
an excess of knowledge in the average attempt to prove that a 
man is or is not insane, depending entirely on how big a fee can 
be paid for the testimony. People have come to believe that if 
you can pay the cost you can get experts who will make it a 
matter of grave doubt if any man is not insane, for who has not 
said and done things which, in the light of cold, sober thought, 
looked like the work of a man barely out of a strait-jacket? I 
would not assume to be an authority on insanity for the simple 
reason that I do not believe that a man who does peculiar things, 
such as cut off no-account relatives without a cent, is insane or 
shows the slightest symptoms of insanity. The medical expert 
is a joke; he has brought more censure upon the profession than 
all the learning of all the experts can atone for in the next cen- 

Evidently De Armand isn't a specialist. But then every special- 
ist can be made to look like twenty-five cents, with five added 
in the hands of a wolfish lawyer. When the chemist or en- 
gineer gets on the stand he testifies to things that are demonstra- 
ble, but what demonstrable thing can a medical expert show? 
Perhaps it is a mistake to class medicine among the sciences ; 
it is something higher, like religion. 

Plumbum in Spasmodic Dysmenorrhea. — Dr. E. A. Neat- 
by's paper, "Scraps of Medical Gynaecology" (Journal of the 

Editorial. 425 

British Horn. Society), contains one "scrap" especially worth 
noting, because it is practical and easily remembered. The pa- 
tient was a lady, in otherwise excellent health, who suffered from 
menstruation that was scanty, and delayed from one to two 
weeks. "The case is introduced chiefly to refer to the virtues of 
Plumbum in spasmodic dysmenorrhcea. The drug is indicated 
for the genus by its known spasmodic effect on involuntary 
muscle and for the individual by the symptom — 'the flow lessens 
or ceases during the spasms of pain.' ' The patient received 
the drug in 3X to I2x for several months, with occasional inter- 
current remedies and is seemingly relieved of the trouble. An 
interval of nine months having elapsed since treatment was dis- 

Medical Politicians. — The entrance of the A. M. A. into 
national and local politics, and the entering of Dr. Reed for the 
office of U. S. Senator, from Ohio, as part of the general cam- 
paign is not very enthusiastically received by many allopathic 
journals. Of Dr. Reed's candidacy, one of them writes : "The 
fact is, it is but part and parcel of a scheme long ago hatched 
out by the clique at Chicago to secure legislation that will give to 
themselves complete power and control over the practice of medi- 
cine in this country." 

Also : "Already there is a growing distrust of physicians, and 
even of the science of medicine itself, all over the cquntry; of 
which the rapid rise of so-called Christian Science, Osteopathy 
and other similar cults are but symptoms. Conduct such as we 
have described, on the part of medical bureaucracy, will cause 
this distrust to ripen into resentment, and, eventually, into a 
system of reprisal. And thus the 150,000 physicians of the coun- 
try will be made to suffer for the high-handed and autocratic do- 
ings of a small but powerful ring." 

It will be a sorry day for a great and useful profession if a 
handful of schemers succeed in making a political machine out 
of its organization. Doctors, as a body, have no more business 
to meddle with national policies than have politicians to dictate 
to doctors in their practice. Let the doctor act as an individual 

426 Editorial. 

in politics, as other men c\o, and not in a body, for there is pro- 
fessional danger in the latter form. 

Skepticism. — A reasonable amount of reasonable skepticism is 
needed in the make-up of a reasonable man, but there is a point 
where, as Bulwer affirmed, it is evidence of a narrow mind, or 
shows a tendency to an "authority" led mind. There is no known 
homoeopathic remedy that has so often demonstrated startling- 
power, almost magical power, as Lachesis, yet there are men who 
contemn it and others who say it has "lost its power." Men- 
tioning this peculiar antagonism that has always existed towards 
this drug to a surgeon, he replied that in his experience it was 
a peculiarly potent drug and apparently, if anything, more quick- 
ly active than any drug he used. He told of a case of gangrene, 
or threatened gangrene, sent to him by another doctor, who 
knew not Lachesis, for amputation. After looking the case over 
he told the man that he would treat him for a few days before 
cutting off his hand. "I didn't want the poor fellow to lose his 
hand if it could be helped." The patient was given Lachesis, and 
a hand condemned to amputation was saved. This isn't a story 
from the past, but occurred A. D. 1908. It is but the other day 
that another case came to our notice of a man doomed to in- 
evitable death from blood poisoning was cured by Lachesis. 
Well, after all, skepticism does not alter facts, but only the 
skeptic's mind. 

Contradictory? — The following is clipped from an exchange: 

Rats to Go. — Preparations for a wholesale extermination of rats have 
been begun in New Orleans by the Board of Health. A number of the 
rodents are to be inoculated with the virus of a fatal disease and turned 
loose so that they may infect other rats. If first experiments prove suc- 
cessful, thousands of rats will be inoculated and sent out all over the city. 

No one but a rabid member of the S. P. C. A. will object to 
this procedure on the grounds of its being rough on rats, but 
it must cause the germ theorists to scratch their heads, at least 
those of them who think. Germs are the cause of our ills, they say, 
yet these gentlemen propose to spread germs that will kill a 
rat, throughout the city. Is it scientifically consistent? Or is it 
that the "antiquated" virus is the thing that does the deadly work 

Editorial. 427 

so learnedly attributed to germs from the professorial chairs of 
the gentlemen who cannot associate with Homoeopaths because 
they are "antiquated" 

The "Lost Manhood" Swindlers. — One of the tricks of these 
soi disant "doctors" is to get the patient to urinate and then test 
the urine for semen, at the same time getting of plenty of "scien- 
tific" patter. When the ''doctor" has the test-tube and his chemi- 
cal (a chloride or something) ready, he says that if the urine 
shows so and so he is right in his diagnosis, if it doesn't he 
stands convicted of being in error. The urine, of course, con- 
firms the "doctor's" perspicacity, and the patient is duly im- 
pressed and shells out the cash. The duration of "the treat- 
ment" is regulated by the patient's gullability. "Improvement" 
is attained by weakening the chemical that acts on the urine, 
and a "complete cure" is attained by substituting water for the 
chemical, which, of course, produces no change in the test-tube. 
It is a clever "con" game. 

Reform Run Mad. — The average reformer, even the good 
reformers, have apparently a plentiful lack of ordinary horse 
sense. Unrestricted and uncontrolled liquor traffic is an evil, but 
the intemperate temperance people when they get the upper hand 
generally act like they had parted company with reason. Thus 
the Solons of Durham, N. C, have voted it illegal for drug stores 
to furnish brandy, wine or whiskey even on physicians' pre- 
scriptions. There are times, emergencies, when these ai tides 
may be essential in the saving of life, but the heated law makers 
do not see it that way. They might be logical and at once pro- 
hibit the sale of all medicine, for the greater part of it is 
"poison." The American nation is a little "dippy" at present on 
the subject of curing ills by mere edicts. 

More Untoward Effects of Antitoxin. — Dr. T. W. Thomas, 
of Claremont, Calif., reports at length the effects of an injection 
of antitoxin in a boy of 15, suffering from an attack of diphtheria. 
He received 4,000 units. 

"There was a change at once in the boy's countenance. A look of in- 
tense anxiety came over him, and the lips, face and neck became livid in 

428 Editorial. 

appearance. He gasped for breath, cried out that he was smothering and 
that his heart was hurting him. Froth proured out of his mouth in pro- 
fusion, while he clutched at his throat and chest with his fingers. There 
was a peculiar death-like stare in his eyes, the pupils became widely dilated, 
and he immediately passed into convulsions, throwing himself from one 
side of the bed to the other. Finally his breath seemed to leave him, and 
he dropped back on the bed in a complete stare of collapse and uncon- 
sciousness, while the radial pulse entirely disappeared from both wrists." 

Pretty much everything known in the way of stimulants, from 
1-50 gr. of nitroglycerine to whiskey, was given, and after days 
of doubt the case made a slow recovery. Among the comments 
made by Dr. Thomas on the uncertainty of what antitoxin will 
do is the following very practical one: 

"And lastly, I would say that it is not a wise thing for the medical at- 
tendant to make the unqualified statement to the parents or the patient 
that there is no possible harm to come from the injection of antitoxin. 
It might prove otherwise." 

It sure might! Good homoeopathic remedies are safer, and 
probably very much more efficient. 

More Experimenting. — A contributor to the Medical Record 
devotes considerable space to a new vaccination for diagnostic 
purposes with tuberculin. He says it has been practiced ex- 
tensively in German and Austrian clinics where, apparently, the 
patient is nothing but material for experimental purposes. The 
method of vaccinating is about the same as that employed with 
the pox. The results are, it seems, nothing, and proof of its 
diagnostic accuracy "will have to come from the autopsy room." 
As usual its effect is but temporary, though ever and anon some- 
thing rather serious follows. Twenty-four persons dying of tuber- 
culosis were experimented on; thirteen didn't react, and eleven 
died. A diagnosis that can be confirmed by autopsy seems of 
very slight value, or it might be said of it that it isn't worth a — 

A Suggestion. — The Clinique after commenting on what an 
agreeable place Kansas City is, socially and otherwise, makes the 
following suggestion: 

"Then, too, they took good care of us; with the true western 
spirit they kept us well supplied with outside attractions, and the 

Editorial. 4 2 9 

bureau meetings suffered only for the want of a quorum ; in many 
instances there were several in attendance, but they did not re- 
main long. As the picnic tendency is so rapidly annihilating the 
old-fashioned convention spirit, why would it not be a good plan 
in the future to conduct the proceedings in automobile relays, 
allowing the essayists to read their papers by the title while we 
rapidly pass the grand stand? No sarcasm is meant by this, as 
it is only our intention to keep up with the spirit of the times. If 
we are not to listen to good papers, then surely there is no object 
to write them, and it might be well to get the best out of a good 
time and not wear ourselves out with scientific research." 

Presumably the members think they can read the papers in 
"The Transactions" (they don't, as a rule), but can only see the 
sights of Kansas City once. At any rate the social meetings of 
old friends and the making of new friends, is, perhaps, the chief 
use of the annual gatherings. 

"Theoretical vs. Clinical Medicine." — Not many years 
ago the "regular" brother thought he had hit upon the secret of 
curing disease. In brief, it was that as "germs" are the cause of 
disease, all required was to kill the germs. So on this theory 
germicides became quite the vogue until it was realized that 
under this treatment the patient, as well as the germs, suffered. 
But this idea is still quite alive, as is evidenced by a paper pub- 
lished in the July Clinique. There we find : 

"In olden times when the majority of homoeopathic provings were 
made they had an inkling, but that was about all as regards the germ 
theory of disease, and it was all very well to theorize that because Rhus 
tox. would produce certain typhoid conditions in poisonous doses that 
it does good in typhoid conditions. But clinically we now know this is 
all wrong." 

Yet there be men who think that so far from being all wrong 
it is all right, germs to the contrary. Who is right? Despised 
statistics only can answer, and they still point to the old "theory.'* 
Further along we find : 

"With our present knowledge there is no more use in giving the in- 
dicated remedy in the usual run of diseases when we know germ life is 
the basis of nearly all disorders. It is often hard to tell the causes of 
eczema, but it is usually due to some stomach disorder that throws the 



trophic centers off and control of peripheral ends is lost, resulting in irri- 
tation and stagnation. In jumps the pus germs, as in rhus poisoning and 
pustular eczema results even to the scabbing from crown of head to soles 
of feet." 

Perhaps Dr. Gibbs is right, but we would, in sporting parlance, 
give heavy odds every time on Indicated Remedy against the 
whole field of the germ fighting remedies ; but, of course, that is 
only an opinion. The up-to-date medical scientists take as a 
major premise that germs are the cause of disease and act ac- 
cordingly. But their major premise is not proved. If it fails, 
the whole system collapses. It isn't a question calling for acri- 
monious debate, but cool reason and observation, and if we have 
read late medical literature aright, there are many men of note 
who are dimly realizing that the germ is about as much the cause 
of disease as ashes are of fire. One thing is sure, in what Bur- 
nett termed the Medical Derby, namely, that Indicated Remedy 
leads the field of results at a canter. It has not the glittering of 
the other contestants, but it gets there much easier. 

The Remedy vs. the Catheter. — Dr. Morgan's very inter- 
esting communication concerning a case where the catheter could 
not pass, published in this issue of the Recorder, demonstrates 
the importance of never losing sight of the remedy homeeo- 
pathic to the case. Even cases where it is possible to pass the 
catheter the remedy will prevent, or tend to prevent, a recur- 
rence of the trouble, for at the very best the use of the catheter 
is but a palliative measure, very necessary, even imperative at 
times, but it can cure nothing. Cases like those given by Drs. 
Curtus and Morgan are always read with interest by the pro- 
fession, as, indeed, is any clear cut case where the homoeopathic 
remedy demonstrates its power to remove morbid states. 

Proprietary Meat Juice. — Puro, a widely advertised Ger- 
man tonic, is stated to be the meat juice expressed from raw beef- 
steak, each bottle "representing five pounds of meat juice." 
About a million bottles of the preparation are sold annually in 
Germany, and quite a sensation has followed the announcement 
by Prof, von Gruber in the Antiquackery Society's organ, the 

News Items. 431 

Gesundheitslehrer, that there is little or no meat juice in the 
preparation and that it consists only of meat extract and egg 
albumin. The numerous testimonials from physicians to the re- 
markable efficacy of the "meat juice" preparation show once more 
the effects of autosuggestion in the matter of proprietary articles." 
— Journal American Medical Association. 


Dr. C. E. Fisher has finished his work in Virginia and North 
Carolina, the railroad builders having completed their contract. 
The Doctor will take a well-earned vacation, spending it in a 
visit to Alaska. 

Mr. P. Remington, of Swannanoa, N. C, writes that there is 
a good opening for a homoeopathic physician at that place. He 
will give information on request. 

The Postmaster General has ruled that packages of medicine 
bearing written directions must pay letter postage. 

Two Indiana doctors have had their licenses revoked for writ- 
ing booze prescriptions without first making examination. What 
fiddle-faddle it all is ! 

The A. M. A.'s Council has passed on "Manola" and finds it, 
in the slang of the day, "the limit," both as to ingredients and 

Spotted fever is epidemic in "almost every part of Russia" 
this year. 

The Munchener Medizinische Wochenschrift says that the 
Aretsliche Mitthe slim gen's department "aus der praxis" is 
nothing but proprietory "reading notices." American journals 
never — well, hardly ever — print "reading notices" as "scientific 

Dr. Adolph von OOteghem died at Gand, Belgium, in August, 
aged 73. He was one of the oldest homoeopathic physicians of 

Twenty-five deaths from cancer in Chicago for week ending 
August 15. 

Week ending August 10, New York had 1,419 deaths ; Chicago, 
620, and Philadelphia, 418 deaths. 


A French doctor proves, to his own satisfaction, that baldness is con- 
tagious. Quarantine the front row! 

A woman refused to marry him because she liked his attentions. 

"How to spend your vacation" is well meaning advice, but how to get 
one would be better. 

If sex could be determined, wonder what the statistical result would be ? 

"A fool and his money are soon parted." Not so with the miser. 

A wasp-like waist often causes a disposition that might be termed ditto. 

That glorious winning run would not have been a winner but for the 
plodding predecessors. 

What must be the feelings of a bald-headed man when his wife shows 
him a lock of his own hair. 

"Every dog has his day" and every cat his night — sometimes more. 

"It pays to advertise" — if not the advertiser certainly the journal. 

"Barking dogs never bite" — because they cannot do both at once. 

It is pathetic to see the young man with his trousers turned up, sewed 
up and pressed up. 

The secret of beauty is not to scold and nag. 

Dr. Swayze asks, "Who are the sane," and the N. Y. Med. Times, "Are 
we undergoing mental deterioration?" Guess so; but if in the majority we 
can lock up the sane. 

The same Times calles The Lancet an "atavistic relative." 

The N. Y. Sun says, "everything is deadly." 

The wild-eyed ologist says soap and water are dangerous, hair brushes 
deadly, shoes fatal and the food poison. "Who are the sane?" 

Fleas are "essential factors" in the plague, and rats have it in their 
blood. Avaunt ! 

Dr. Osier is 60. Bring out the well stoppered bottle! 

An examining board asks its applicants to differentiate between haema- 
tosalpynx, haematometra and hsematocolpometra." 

To differentiate "between" three things is a task for any man. 

A parson addressing a crowd in the penitentiary: "My brethren, I am 
glad to see so many of you here" — then he coughed. 

The ungrateful bull will toss a vegetarian as readily as he will a beef 

The boss said to the applicant that the editorial chair was filled and he 
didn't know enough to take the office boy's position. 

They say St. Peter wonders where all the people go these days. 

Sometimes the bride who is "given away" finds it a "sell" after all. 

Bad spirits haunts prohibition communities. 

"One-half the world doesn't know how the other half lives," but is eager 
to learn. 


Homeopathic Recorder. 

Vol. XXIII. Lancaster, Pa., October, 1908 No 10 


The address of President Dr. John Murray Moore at the an- 
nual British Homoeopathic Congress held at London, July 3d, is 
devoted chiefly to the "foreshadowing of Homoeopathy from Hip- 
pocrates to Hahnemann." It covers over forty pages of the 
British Homoeopathic Review, is very interesting and scholarly. 
A few abstracts may prove interesting to the readers of the 

The first homoeopathic cure on record, reported by Hippo- 
crates, is that of an Athenian, who had all but succumbed to an 
attack of what we would call Asiatic cholera, with violent vomit- 
ing, purging, spasms and prostration, who "drank the juice of 
white hellebore, mixed in the juice of lentils, and recovered." 
The recovery must have been unusual else Hippocrates would 
not have noted it. White hellebore, or Veratrum album, as is 
well known, is one of the chief remedies, homoeopathic, to this 

A Greek poet, Antiphanes (B. C. 404), got off a line that is so 
often quoted in connection with Homoeopathy and for the condi- 
tion that so often occurs, "the morning after," namely, the tak- 
ing "the hair of the dog that bit you." Antiphanes puts it, evi- 
dently as an old saw in his day : 

Take the hair, as it is written. 
Of the dog by which you're bitten ; 
Work off one wine by his brother, 
And one labor by another, etc. 

Shakespeare gets off something similar when Benvolio ex- 
claims to Romeo : 

Tut! man, one fire puts out another's burning; 
Turn giddy, and be holp by backward turning. 

434 1 he Laic of Similia in Medical History. 

This, however, we think, smacks more of Isopathy than Ho- 

Asclepiades, a Roman physician (B. C. 90), practiced a crude 
sort of Homoeopathy, but his chief achievement was to have 
coined the phrase that so aptly fits homoeopathic cures, i. e., "tuto, 
cito, ct jucunde." 

Athenaeus, in the first century, vaguely got hold of one of 
Hahnemann's ideas or truths, that the pneiima, or spirit, is the 
active principle, or basis, of life, and its disturbance the cause of 
disease. From him came bleeding, cupping and leeches. 

Galen came in from Pergamos, Asia Minor, and was the phy- 
sician of the Roman Caesars. He brought into medical literature 
the terms "remote," "predisposing," "exciting" and "proximate" 
causes of disease. He also put forth the idea that sneezing clears 
the brain. He gave this therapeutic hint to posterity. "I once 
knew a boy who was never seized with an epileptic fit after he 
carried a large piece of fresh paeony about his neck." With him 
came contraria contrariis curantur. 

Alexander, of Tralles (360 A. D.), lives in medical history as 
being the man who introduced colchicum seeds for the treatment 
of gout. 

Jewish hermits, who aided the poor and healed the sick, were 
the original "herbalists" and users of "simples." 

Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury, was one of the first 
(690 A. D.) to call attention to the influence of the moon on dis- 
eases, for he warns against bleeding when "the moon is waxing" 
in his "Manual of Medicine." 

The Ecumenical Council, 1162, separated medicine from the 
Church by forbidding priests and monks from its practice. 

To the Arabian physicians we owe our first pharmacopoeia — 
and consequently many ructions. 

To Roger Bacon (1214) we owe the best general advice to* 
physicians, though not often followed. He said that the impedi- 
ments to knowledge were : 

1. A too great dependence on authority. 

2. A too great weight to custom. 

3. A fear of offending. 

4. The affection a specious knowledge to conceal ignorance. 
When the "sweating sickness" afflicted Europe the physicians 

displayed these "impediments" to the full, and it was not until 

The Law of Similia in Medical History. 435 

some one employed the law of similars and gave sudorifics that 
the mortality was stayed. 

The real reform of medicine was started by Paracelsus, so, of 
course, he is ''the arch quack." He burned the old medical book 
and committed the heresy of lecturing in plain German instead 
of in Latin. He came into the world the year Columbus discov- 
ered America. "Reading," he said, "never made a physician — 
only practice." At that day "humours" occupied the same place 
that "germs" do to-day, and Paracelsus said : "Humours are not 
diseases ; it is disease which makes the humours." He believed 
in specifics, and said. "Like treats its own like." 

Following Paracelsus came Rademacher, almost within our 
own time, with his "organopathy." Of the former. Van Helmont 
wrote : "Paracelsus was the forerunner of true medicine, God- 
sent, armed with true knowledge." Of the latter, Rademacher, 
our own J. Compton Burnett wrote that he was : "A man far in 
advance of his time — a fore-runner of Homoeopathy." 

Paracelsus, the "arch-quack," really introduced mercury, laud- 
anum, copper, arsenic and antimony into medicine, and is seems 
did not abuse them as did the men who afterwards took them up 
in medicine. He vaguely realized the "spirit" in man. 

"Van Helmont," writes Dr. Moore, "anticipated Swedenborg 
in the belief that there is a spiritual world in intimate union with 
the spirit of man." This is Hahnemann's "vital force." and hence 
Tiis "spirit-like power" of the dynamized drug. Von Helmont 
wrote: "When a person falls ill it is only this spiritual, self-acting 
vital force everywhere present in his organism that is primarily 
disarranged by the dynamic influence upon it of a morbific agent 
inimical to life." It is only the "vital force" that is deranged in 

One fact in medical history perhaps not generally known is that 
to William Harvey apparently was first applied the epithet of 
'"quack." When his book, written in Latin. "An Anatomical 
Disquisition on the Motion of the Heart and Blood in Animals," 
was published, "he was called a 'circulator* or 'quack' by his col- 

Sydenham made the distinction that acute diseases were ''for 
the most inflicted bv God, just as the chronic are what we bring: 
on ourselves." 

We will bring these gleanings from Dr. Moore's paper to a 
close with a final quotation from it : 

436 Bothrops Lanceolatus. 

"A well trained homoeopathic practitioner knows more than a 
non-homoeopath." This is without qualification. He knows the 
way to cure sickness. This is the sole reason for the existence of 
the art of medicine. 

(Fer de lance — Langenschlange.) 

By Dr. Eduardo Fornias. 

When on May the 6, 1908, I addressed a letter to Messrs. 
Boericke & Tafel, inquiring, among other things, about the 
Bothrops lanceolatus, a remedy of which Dr. Farrington 
speaks in his Clinical Materia Medica, I was far from hoping the 
information desired would reach me so soon, and from such an 
unexpected quarter. Very probably the article on this selen- 
oglyph, which appeared in "Le Propagateur de I 'Homocopathie;' 
of the 31st of May, 1908, was written by Dr. G. SiefTert, of Paris, 
about the same time I was addressing the above inquiry. This 
certainly I call a happy issue, which has led me to the translation 
of Dr. Sieffert's paper, and to the addition of valuable data. I 
have recently obtained. 

According to Dr. Lande, as quoted by Sieffert, the Bothrops 
lanceolatus is exclusively found in Martinique and Sainte 
Lucie, but Calmette, Brehms, and others, give also tropical 
America as its habitat. This lance-head snake has also been 
called by authors Coluber glaucus and Megaera, Vipera coeru- 
lescens, Trigonoccphalus, Cophias and Craspedocephalus lanceo- 
latus, and, like the Jaracaca or Bothrops Brasiliensis, and Labaria 
or Bothrops atrox, can live in captivity for many months without 
food. Brehms, of Germany, claims that this Ophidia attains the 
size of from 2 5 to 5 meters long, and that it is larger and heavier 
than Lachesis mutus. But Calmette, of France, gives the length 
size of Lachesis mutus as of 1 m. 995, including the tail, which 
measures O. M. 170, and that of Bothrops lanceolatus of 1 
m. 600, of which O. M. 190 belongs to the tail ; hence, according 
to this authority, Bothrops lanceolatus has a large, longer tail, 
but otherwise is smaller than Lachesis mutus. 

The color of Bothrops lanceolatus is verv variable, even in 

Bothrops Lanccolatus. 437" 

the younger of a brood. Prof. Brehms gives it as a more or less 
deep brown-yellowish red, which may be shaded from brown to 
gray-brown and black, and constitute the ground tint. The 
delineation consists, on the one hand, of continued stripes which 
start at the nose and under the eyes, down the neck, and are not 
rarely absent, and, on the other hand, of irregular, somewhat 
bright spots, sometimes tiger-like. Some specimens exhibit a 
beautiful red color on the sides. 

Dr. R. L. Ditmars, curator of the Reptile House, Zoological 
Gardens. Xew York, by letter of the 24th of June last, informs 
me that Lachesis laxceolatus, or Bothrops, is a viviparous 
ophidia, bringing forth living young to the number of from ten 
to twenty-four. The young are about six inches long, and have 
a bright sulphur yellow tail. At birth they are fully provided 
with fangs, and leave the mother at once to shift for themselves. 
This statement is in contradiction with Brehms's teaching, who 
claims that the time of copulation of Bothrops laxceolatus is 
January, the eggs are laid in July, and that the issue crawls out 
of the shells in the moment the last egg is laid. But Brehms's- 
work is full of errors that need confirmation. 

Ditmars also asserts that Lachesis mutus is oviparous, as 
demonstrated by R. R. Mole, of Trinidad, of Port Spain. "The 
eggs are about Ij4 inch in length, creamy white, with a soft 
shell." This, says Ditmar, is the only tc Pit m viper" or Crotaline 
snake known to lay eggs. This is a fine distinction between the 
two Ophidia, which of late have been the cause of much con- 

Prof. Calmette, in his recent work, "Les venins," page 117. 
counts Bothrops laxceolatus, or Fer de lance, among the 
twenty-one varieties of American Lachesis, which he describes. 
He also calls this viper " Lachesis lanccolatus" in fact, he em- 
ploys the terms Lachesis, Bothrops or Trigonocephalus indis- 
tinctly, as generic, that is, marking a genus. 

When young the Bothrops laxceolatus lives chiefly on 
lizards, later on birds, and finally on rats. It causes, like Cro- 
talus horridus, the largest number of deaths. It is of all the 
serpents, the one which, in the act of biting, opens the jaws more 
widely apart. In the impenetrable woods, it lies quiet as death, 
seldom disturbed but by the singing of some birds that live in the 

438 Bothrops Lanccolatus. 

wilderness. The night is the time of its wandering, and it has 
been seen in the roads crossed by men during the day. During 
the day time and while resting, it lies rolled up in ring shape, with 
the head in the center, but when disturbed, it stretches itself the 
whole length, and like an arrow springs mercilessly at the 
enemy, and rolls up again into a ring after the danger is over. 
Its attack is always powerful, and after a bite is ready for the 
next. When mad may bite its victim twice or more. While 
crawling it proudly holds its head up, and moves with such light- 
ness that no noise is heard or impression left in its track. Even 
the young are very lively and vicious. 

Witnesses of the effects of the bite of Bothrops laxceolatus 
state that after protracted illness, those who survive, have, as a 
rule, the limbs cut and mutilated. The characteristic syndrome 
consists of sudden swelling of the parts, which soon become blue 
and shriveled, with acute pain, vomiting, fainting, convulsions, 
pain in the heart, invincible somnolency, and death after a few 
hours or days of suffering. In favorable cases the reaction is 
slow, and there is diminution or perversion of the faculty of ex- 
pressing ideas by speech ; that is, the articulation of words is 
defective; the sufferings may have a steady course for years, and 
vertigo, pain in the chest, anguish, confirmed aphasia, gangrene, 
abscesses and lameness constitute the leading expressions of the 
poisoning. It is said that old cicatrices do break open, bleed and 
become gangrenous. Moreover, that such profound morbid state 
as that produced by the bite of Fer de lance should translate 
itself, not only under the form of acute pain, but under the form 
of abnormal sensations (numbness, formication, itching, crawl- 
ing, burning, etc.), cannot fail to be appreciated by anyone con- 
versant with our methods of observation and experimentation. 

From various observations made by officers of the French 
Government, the bite of the Bothrops laxceolatus is soon fol- 
lowed, in some cases, by heaviness of the leg and inability to 
stand on it, and then a profound prostration sets in, attended 
often by repeated fainting spells. Voluminous oedema and a feel- 
ing of impending paralysis, have also been noticed. Dr. Gries, 
of Fort-de-France (Martinique), speaks not only of enormous 
swellings, but of accentuated numbness of the parts bitten, and 
even of complete insensibility of the limb affected. Dr. Lavigne, 

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of the same locality, also alludes to acute pain, oedema, vomiting, 
tetanic phenomena and elevation of temperature, with a crisis of 
profuse sweating. 

The analysis of these morbid syndromes lead us to infer that 
Bothrops lanceolatus is not only a hemolytic poison, and most 
probably a depressor of the cerebral cortex, b